Day of the Imprisoned Writer [and] Writers in Prison Day is celebrated on November 15, 2016. The Day of the Imprisoned Writer is an annual, international day intended to recognize and support writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information. It was started in 1981 by International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee.
In addition to increasing the public’s awareness of persecuted writers in general, PEN uses the Day of the Imprisoned Writer to direct attention to several specific persecuted or imprisoned writers and their individual circumstances. Each of the selected writers is from a different part of the world, and each case represents circumstances of repression that occur when governments or other entities in power feel threatened by what writers have written.
On this day, the general public is encouraged to take action—in the form of donations and letters of appeal on behalf of the selected writers. The day also serves to commemorate all of the writers killed since the previous year’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer.
Day of the Imprisoned Writer is about authors who are likely to be/are persecuted for their work, all over the world political writers to poets are in danger and punished in many ways from surveillance, experimentation, imprisonment and death. PEN is an international organization that attempts to bring awareness to these issues and support such people. http://www.pen-international.org/ http://www.englishpen.org/ ‘Freedom to write, freedom to read’ – always check for the logo in books and if interested perhaps petition your favourite publishers to become PEN partners.
Last year I watched a film and wrote a review which coincided with ‘Day of the Imprisoned Writer’ HERE and last night when I saw Lockheed Martin look at my blog and woke up thinking I might mention it today just happened to be the right day.
Ironically enough I’ve always had people from interesting organizations look at my blog; I’m most proud of all the universities and colleges especially the best in the world such as the Oxbridge pair and Ivy League and I look down on most of the government and local government departments excepting ones like national health. That said there really is no reason for defense and ambassadorial bodies to look at my tiny, randomly updated, non-advertised, private/personal aka non-public persona or company paid for blog. I emphasize ‘blog’ – not even a self-hosted domain or paid blog e.g. ‘.com’. I don’t pay attention to SEO and the last time I checked my Google and Alexa search rankings it was somewhere at/near the bottom where it should be, so I don’t know how and why such companies/people from such establishments get to/bother to look at my site.
In the last few days alone I’ve had visits from:
Foreign And Commonwealth Office
The Boeing Company – California
Lockheed Martin Corporation – Denver, Colorado
Tenet Scientific Production Enterprise Llc – Ukraine
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics – Lithuania
State of New Jersey
US Dept of Defense Network
Orange County Dept of Education – California
Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Service
Santa Clara County Office of Education – California
London Grid For Learning
King’s College London
Transport For London
Department of Agriculture and Food – Western Australia
United Nations HQ – New York
World Health Organization – Geneva
Disney Worldwide Services
Springer Science and Business Media BV – Netherlands
Leipzig University – Germany
NHS – UK
University of Warwick
Karisruhe Institute of Technology – Germany
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLB
Chanakya National Law University Patna – India
Department of Finance – Western Australia
Wuttisak Pharmacy Co ltd – Thailand
Barclays Capital London
City of Pasadena – California
Centre De Traduction Des Organes De L Union Europe (Translation Centre of the bodies of Europe Union) – Luxembourg
Aerovironment – California
Computer Sciences Corporation – Australia
Institutul Național de Cercetare Dezvoltare în Informatică (National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics) – Romania
Steve Madden (National US fashion chain)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
University College London
Bae Systems Applied Intelligence US Corp
Canadian Dept of Education
Department Of The Interior, Office Of The Secretary – Denver, Colorado
House of Commons
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals