Shamsie and Thien support PEN's Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Shamsie and Thien support PEN's Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Writers including Kamila Shamsie and Madeleine Thien are taking part in PEN International's campaign The Day of the Imprisoned Writer, today (15th November), championing the cause of five imprisoned writers. 

Shamsie and Thien will be joined by Salil Tripathi, Homero Arijdis and Ai Weiwei in penning a letter of solidarity to one of five imprisoned writers. 

This year's focus cases for the campaign are: Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa, an activist from Honduras,  Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a blogger from Vietnam; Ramón Esono Ebalé, a cartoonist from Equatorial Guinea; Razan Zaitouneh, a human rights defender and activist from Syria; and Zehra Doğan, an artist and poet from Turkey.

All are imprisoned (or missing and presumed detained) and, according to PEN International, they are "emblematic of the kind of challenges that writers face worldwide simply for their free expression work".

The annual event, which takes place every 15th November, is a chance for PEN Centres and its members worldwide to push governments into action, but also to stand in solidarity with those writers who are behind bars, disappeared or facing an uncertain fate, it said.

Further information is available from the PEN International website