The Fight for Freedom to Write

Original: 为写作自由而战

A Brief by the Independent Chinese PEN Center - ICPC

The Independent Chinese PEN PEN: Poets - Essayists - Novelists Center (ICPC) is a non-political, non-profit organization of writers that fights for the protection of freedom of expression and publication, and works toward ensuring the free flow of information, a prerequisite for an open society. Founded in 2001 by a group of Chinese writers in exile and in China, including the famous writer Liu Binyan (1925-2005), Zheng Yi and Bei Ling, ICPC is primarily concerned with the rights of Chinese language writers throughout the world. With its 250 members, ICPC is an affiliate of International PEN, the global association of writers dedicated to freedom of expression and the defense of writers suffering governmental repression.

© ICPC
Dr. Liu Xiaobo
© Independent Chinese PEN Center
(ICPC)

Unfortunately, Mr. Liu Xiaobo, who held the post of ICPC President from 2003 to 2007 and is currently an honorary president of the organization, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on December 25, 2009, owing to his instrumental role as an initiator of the Charter 08 manifesto for democratic reforms in China and to numerous articles he authored that are critical of China's communist regime. Other ICPC members inside China have been constantly harassed, threatened or even thrown into prison by the Chinese government just because they want to practice their right to freely express themselves. These events illustrate that our Chinese colleagues still have a very long way to go before they can reach their goal of freedom.

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为写作自由而战 - The Fight for Freedom to Write
© ICPC 2009 - Length: 10:09 min. - Chinese with English subtitels

Further information about Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC): www.chinesepen.org (Chinese).