Action: Join Auster and Rushdie in calling for release of Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo

[Cross-posted from the WITNESS Hub Blog.]

Our friends at PEN tell us that there’s still time for you to join Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Paul Auster and many others in putting your name to a petition to free Chinese writer and critic Liu Xiaobo – recipient of this year’s PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom To Write Award.  Liu – speaking in the video below – is a leading proponent for freedom of expression in China, and was arrested on December 8th last year “on suspicion of ‘inciting subversion of state power’ after co-authoring Charter 08, a declaration initially signed by over 300 individuals that outlines political reforms and calls for greater human rights and democracy in China.”  If convicted, he faces up to 3 years in prison.

Incidentally, next week, I’ll be moderating a panel in the annual PEN World Voices Festival in New York City.  The Festival serves as a major international meeting-point for writers and artists, and in its fifth year takes the theme of Evolution/Revolution – how we change and how the world changes.

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