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PEN's Sochi Olympics Campaign - Social Media Action

Dear Colleagues,

Following the Russia Out in the Cold Campaign emails that you have received explaining the campaign and how you can join it, we would like to invite you to participate in a social media action that will form part of our protest.

In the last 18 months, Russian lawmakers have passed a number of laws which place a chokehold on free expression. Three of these laws - the so-called anti-gay propaganda law, the religious insult law and the re-criminalisation of defamation - are particularly dangerous to our fellow writers and journalists.

As part of the social media aspect of our campaign, we are planning an online Thunderclap action that will highlight these issues and the threat they pose to freedom of expression.

Below you will find a summary of what Thunderclap is and how you can participate in this action. We urge you to join this action and help us direct public attention to the threats to free expression in Russia.

Thunderclap
On Thursday 6 February, at exactly 10am GMT, a single message supporting our Russian Winter Olympics campaign will be sent from the Facebook and Twitter accounts of PEN members - and Out in the Cold campaign supporters around the world - sharing the same message at the same time, spreading an idea through Facebook and Twitter that cannot be ignored.
What is Thunderclap?

Thunderclap is an online tool that individuals can sign up to through their Twitter and Facebook accounts in order to join social media campaigns. By joining Thunderclap you're allowing it to share a single message on your behalf at a specified time and date. This is only the case when you click the button on the campaign page to support us with one or more of your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr accounts. After the campaign is complete, Thunderclap won't send any more messages from your account and your account will remain completely private throughout.

How to add your name to the Thunderclap

1.

You will receive an email with a link to the campaign on Monday 13 February
2.

Follow the link on the email to add your name to the campaign. Do this as soon as you can - we need at least 100 people to sign up for the Thunderclap to go ahead!
3.

Select your social media accounts (to spread the message as far as possible we suggest you choose all your social media accounts)
4.

This will generate a message from your social media account to let others know that you have signed up to the campaign
5.

Another message will be generated on Thursday 6 February at 10am GMT from all accounts that have signed up - culminating in a Thunderclap, and spreading news of PEN's Sochi Olympics campaign across the internet.

Full details of this campaign can be found here: http://www.pen-international.org/sochi-winter-olympics-out-in-the-cold/

Best Wishes,
Sahar
Sahar Halaimzai

Communications & Campaigns Manager

PEN International
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Dear Colleagues,

 

Following the Russia Out in the Cold Campaign emails that you have received
explaining the campaign and how you can join it, we would like to invite you to
participate in a social media action that will form part of our protest.

 

In the last 18 months, Russian lawmakers have passed a
number of laws which place a chokehold on free expression. Three of these laws
– the so-called anti-gay propaganda law, the religious insult law and the
re-criminalisation of defamation – are particularly dangerous to our
fellow writers and journalists.

 

As part of the social media aspect of our campaign, we are
planning an online Thunderclap action that will highlight these issues and the
threat they pose to freedom of expression.  

 

Below you will find a summary of what Thunderclap is and
how you can participate in this action. We urge you to join this action and
help us direct public attention to the threats to free expression in Russia . 

 

Thunderclap

On
Thursday 6 February, at exactly 10am GMT, a single message supporting our
Russian Winter Olympics campaign will be sent from the Facebook and Twitter
accounts of PEN members - and Out in the
Cold campaign supporters around the world - sharing the same message
at the same time, spreading an idea through Facebook and Twitter that cannot be
ignored.

What is
Thunderclap?

 

Thunderclap is an online tool that individuals can
sign up to through their Twitter and Facebook accounts in order to join social
media campaigns. By joining Thunderclap you're allowing it to share a
single message on your behalf at a specified time and date. This is only the
case when you click the button on the campaign page to support us with one or
more of your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr accounts. After the campaign is
complete, Thunderclap won't send any more messages from your account and
your account will remain completely private throughout.

 

How to add your
name to the Thunderclap

 

1.       You
will receive an email with a link to the campaign on Monday 13 February

2.       Follow
the link on the email to add your name to the campaign. Do this as soon as you
can – we need at least 100 people to sign up for the Thunderclap to go
ahead!

3.       Select
your social media accounts (to spread the message as far as
possible we suggest you choose all your social media accounts)

4.       This will generate a
message from your social media account to let others know that you have signed
up to the campaign

5.       Another message will
be generated on Thursday 6 February at 10am GMT from all accounts that have
signed up – culminating in a Thunderclap, and spreading news of
PEN's Sochi Olympics campaign across the internet.

 

Full details of this campaign can be found here: http://www.pen-international.org/sochi-winter-olympics-out-in-the-cold/

 

Best Wishes,

Sahar

Sahar Halaimzai  |  Communications & Campaigns Manager 

PEN
International

Support
PEN International.

Order your copy of
PEN International's Write Against Impunity anthology here .

 

t.
+44 (0)20 7405 0338

e. Twitter

Facebook

www.pen-international.org

 

Celebrating
90 years of promoting literature and defending freedom of expression

International PEN is trading as PEN International. International
PEN is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 05683997.
International PEN is a registered charity in England and Wales with registration number 1117088.
International PEN's registered office is Brownlow House, 50-51 High
Holborn, London, WC1V 6ER, UK .

 

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