Day of the Imprisoned Writer

The international Day of the Imprisoned Writer is this Saturday, November 15. This week, PEN is publishing a letter to five imprisoned writers around the world. From the Guardian:

Nine hundred writers around the world were harassed, imprisoned, murdered or “disappeared” last year, according to PEN International. On Monday, the writers’ organisation has selected just five of them, from a teacher and poet currently serving a 20-year prison sentence in Iran to a Paraguayan writer who has just been sentenced to jail for allegedly plagiarising a novel, and has asked its free members to stand in solidarity with their silenced colleagues.