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category international | crime and justice | other press author Wednesday January 23, 2008 11:42author by C Murray Report this post to the editors


I have received over two years consistent appeals by Women's Writer's Unions for aid in advertising
repressions of Women Writers , some of the appeals have gone on the Newswire; and some have been passed
on to to groups where the campaign would be more effective. The plight of the writers has not in that period
alleviated and some are in dire situations. This morning another one arrived, an archive update of the
2007 Women's Day attempt to highlight the cases of imprisoned Women Writers and activists.

All their names are familiar, Amnesty, Human Right's Watch, Reporters Without Borders, International Women In Media
Federation, Committee for the Protection of Journalists and PEN Women's Union have advocated on their cases.

Links to the ongoing cases of Journalist and activist repression:-between Women's day 2007-2008.

Serkalem Fasil- Ethiopia
Serkalem Fasil- Ethiopia

Anna Politkovskaya:- http://www.indymedia.ie/article/78988

Murdered in Moscow, October 2006, her case is ongoing, but the criticisms of the arrest and detention of
suspects are getting louder.

Lydia Cacho Riberio:-http://www.cimacnoticias.com/site/07112104-Succar-Kuri-....html . http://libertadlatina.org .

Amnesty US and IWMF have advocated on Lydia's behalf for a considerable period, she had been writing on
corruption and official types promoting child-sex tourism and abuse of indigenous women and children.

Umida Niyazova-

There has been little update on the case of Umida, who was reported in 2007 incarcerated in Uzbekistan on a three
month pre-trial detention order for illegal border crossing and having subversive literature. She had covered the 2005
Andajan massacre.

Serkalem Fasil:-

Ongoing case, last update Serkalem was imprisoned in Ethiopia whilst pregnant. She delivered prematurely
and the prison authorities disallowed incubation, the baby (a boy) survived and is in the care of grandparents.
Serkalem's husband is also a journalist and imprisoned.Her case has been ongoing for some time, there
is a wiki link somewhere..

info:- http://www.iwmf.org
Elif Shafak
Ipek Calisar

Turkish writers who have faced repressions under 'Insult Laws' for writing as novelists (cf O. Pamuk on this issue).

Khai Thanh Thuy;- Vietnam.



Updates Include;-
Lydia Cacho has endured more death threats and a car bomb attack.


This has been covered extensively on the Newswire by other writers:-


Resources for women writers;- http://www.indymedia.ie/article/83846

Links Include:--

IMC have a feminist list/outreach/chat service.

Reporters Without Borders do a Press Freedom report:- http://www.rsf.org

IWMF do writing scholarships and support for women writers:- http://www.iwmf.org

Isis women do community radio/internet/ifex ;- http://www.isiswomen.org

LinuxChix- do linux/gnu/feminist stuff

Genderchangers do Free Open Software and can be contacted thru;- http://www.europeanfeministforum.org .

Related Link: http://libertadlatina.org

Lydia Cacho- Mexico
Lydia Cacho- Mexico

Nightmares after release from Evin Prison.
Nightmares after release from Evin Prison.

Umida- tortured.
Umida- tortured.

author by C Murraypublication date Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Elif Shafak, mentioned above in the post has an interesting Wiki. Guardian covered extensively
the almost imprisonment of Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and even put some nice pics of men
up ,when they disected /covered the notorious 'Insult Laws'. (publisher trial)

Nothing , however on how Shafak was treated when she published a book in which one
of her characters discusses the Armenian Massacre.

Amnesty :- http://www.amnesty.org/en/report/info/EUR44/003/2006

Wiki on Shafak :- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elif_Shafak

(The discussion on 301 is under the heading :' The Bastard of Istanbul and Criminal
Prosecution in Turkey'.)


Orhan Pamuk:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orhan_Pamuk


Shafak"s Criticism of the Insult Laws as 'Ultra-Nationalism' and the movement of government
into Art and literature is quite interesting.

Currently PEN are fighting a case on the UK Government and the Blasphemy Laws
which undermine freedom of expression and are in breach of Article 10 of the ECHR:-


Rushdie's Words on Blasphemy:' If There is a God, he certainly does not need
the protection of the British Legal system, If there isn't, he doesn't need it either,
there is therefore no excuse for preserving the offence of blasphemous libel
and it should be abolished'.

(how close ultra-nationalism and religious oppression and censorship have become.)

author by C Murraypublication date Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

forgot to add in the link:-


The chat thing is:- http://chat.indymedia.org

the girls at indy womyn will direct anyone with a bit of interest into the organising/feminist/tech
groups from there.

The online meetings aren't really regular, but the lists are interesting from the point of
view of looking at women and tech, many of the writers are on other lists too and meet
online at irregular intervals.

author by C Murraypublication date Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The IFEX group who have worked very hard on the issue of freedoms and grown considerably
since inception carry updates on most of the above cases of repression of communicators
artists and writers.

They have been working with AMARC on Community Radio Access in Oaxaca, Mexico
(amongst other campaigns).

They have affiliates globally including In Ireland.

This is the Cartoon Affiliate group:-



Imagine political cartoonists facing four year sentences in Turkey cos they did an unflattering
portrait of a politico?

Elif Shafaf: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/85907

Ireland:- http://www.indymedia.ie/article/76354

Steve Bell images over 2007 [in pics]

Satirists and Artists reserve the right to take the piss out of our governments and the
media, its an accepted freedom of expression .

This cartoonist faced two years, two more are looking at four years
This cartoonist faced two years, two more are looking at four years

Steve Bell
Steve Bell

Cartoonist's Rights Network image
Cartoonist's Rights Network image

another bell
another bell

Related Link: http://www.cartoonistrights.com
author by C Murraypublication date Tue Mar 04, 2008 18:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"International PEN Writers in Prisons Committee is calling on it's members to protest the
restrictions imposed on Zeng Jiynan, Tsering Woeser, and Li Jianhong, and are demanding
that they be allowed to live and work freely in accordance with article 19 of the International
Covenant on civil and political rights, to which China is a signatory".

The restrictions on the women include:

Harassment, brief detentions, house arrest, travel restrictions, loss of work, denial of access
to communications , heavy surveillance and censorship.

Zeng Jinyan- human rights activist and internet writer. under house arrest since
December 2007. accused of inciting subversion. She has a three month old baby.
Her husband is an environmental and AiDS activist.

Tsering Woeser- Tibetan writer and poet, born Lhasa in 1966. He books include:
Tibet above, Notes on Tibet. Her two Weblogs have been shut down, she is unemployed and
her movement is restricted.

Li Jianhong: 'XIao Qiao'. activist in freedom of press and political dissident.
she has suffered multiple periods of house arrest and harassment.

There is Wiki on the women, and the campaign letters and pics will be linked
in at a later stage.

contact: cathy.mccann@internationalpen.org.uk

appeals: His Excellency Hu Jintao
President of the People's Republic of China
State Council
Beijing 100032
P.R China.

The link to the women's bios and sample writing can be obtained from the
email address above.

Women Writers Committee
Women Writers Committee

author by Sri Padmapublication date Wed Mar 05, 2008 02:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Brilliant article and work as usual C. We've been lulled by the success of Women's Lib struggle for so long. But the successes seem to be increasingly thwarted more and more; as more and more men can't take the challenges of women being completely liberated and getting equal especially in the non-western culture. Thus why in Islam for example, women are increasingly denied their liberation and equality through opportunistic male-constructed laws that suddenly appear out of the blue such as the increasing forcing of young female girls to wear the veil from young age!

author by -publication date Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

another two years in prison;-


a few women have gone to prison too, cf comments above.


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