PEN: China fails on freedom of expression

<p>Three international PEN centers have determined that the climate for freedom of expression in China has measurably deteriorated over the past year, reports Publishers Weekly. </p><p>Centers in the US, Canada and China released a &ldquo;report card&rdquo; one month before the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games, titled &quot;Failing to Deliver: An Olympic-Year Report Card on Free Expression in China&quot;. One of the report&rsquo;s findings states that there are more writers and journalists in Chinese prisons than there were seven months ago. </p><p>It recommends that the Chinese government release all writers and journalists currently imprisoned and stop detaining, harassing, and censoring writers and journalists in China; end Internet censorship; and abide by its pledge that &ldquo;there will be no restrictions on media reporting and movement of journalists up to and including the Olympic Games&quot;.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>