PEN Austrias Writers-In-Prison Committee voices its deep concern for Alaa Abd el Fattah, Honorary Member of PEN Austria.

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PEN Austria’s Writers-In-Prison Committee voices its deep concern for Alaa Abd el Fattah, Honorary Member of PEN Austria. The Egyptian blogger is imprisoned since 2013 serving a five years sentence for participating in a so called “unauthorized demonstration”.

Alaa Abd El Fattah was one of the very first bloggers in Arabic and the first to aggregate blogs coming out of Egypt. He has always worked for freedom of expression whether in his writing or in his work designing open-source digital software.

On December 30, 2017 new charges will be brought up against him, he is accused of “insulting the judiciary”. He is being charged because of a tweet he posted in 2013 criticizing the judiciary as “biased” and implying that judges are “taking orders from the military”.

In this tweet he peacefully exercised his right to freedom of expression, guaranteed in Art.19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations.

We definitely appeal to the Egyptian authorities to immediately drop all new charges against our Honorary Member Alaa Abd el Fattah.

December 7, 2017 PEN Austria, Writers-in-Prison Committee

 

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Erklärung zum Referendum in Katalonien

PEN International Writers for Peace Committee
Erklärung zum Referendum in Katalonien
3. Oktober 2017

Wir, die Schriftsteller des Friedenskomitees von PEN International, sind über die Vorkommnisse, die den demokratischen Willen der Menschen in dem jüngst abgehaltenen Referendum in Katalonien unterdrückt haben, äußerst besorgt. Die Szenen der bewaffneten, maskierten Polizeibeamten, die friedliche Bürger aller Altersstufen angegriffen haben, sind sowohl für die spanische Regierung eine Schande wie auch das Ausbleiben einer aussagekräftigen Antwort durch den Rat der Europäischen Union.

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Ilse Tielsch erhält Franz-Theodor-Csokor-Preis

Ilse Tielsch erhält den Franz-Theodor-Csokor-Preis

Dieser Literaturpreis des Österreichischen PEN wird in unregelmäßigen Abständen für das Lebenswerk vergeben.

DO, 5. Oktober 2017, 18:30
Presseclub Concordia, Bankgasse 8, 1010 Wien
Freier Eintritt

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