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Fifty years of women writers in prison

(WiPC/IFEX) - 8 March 2010 - 2010 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN, which has since 1960 helped many hundreds, if not thousands, of writers attacked for expressing their ideas and speaking their minds. Throughout the year PEN members will be celebrating the courage of these writers and the work of the Committee. Central to the campaign are 50 emblematic cases of writers for whom PEN has campaigned in the past half century. Among them are fourteen women who have suffered imprisonment and even death for their writings. On 8 March Women's Day, the WiPC celebrates and commemorates all women writers, past and present, who have suffered arrest, attack and even murder for having spoken out.

Click below to download WiPC's entire statement:
2010_women's_day.pdf (169 KB)

Click here to read more about the campaign Because Writers Speak Their Minds - 50 Years of Defending Freedom of Expression

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