Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week. Amnesty International has put together a list of people who were jailed or killed for their writings this year. If you click through to the page, there are case sheets for each person.  There is also a lot of great information about prisoners of conscience around the world.
clipped from www.amnestyusa.org
Banned Books Week
The freedom within us is larger than the jails that we're in . . . Syrian poet Faraj Birqdar, a former prisoner of conscience

Sakit Zahidov
poet, satirist, journalist
imprisoned
AZERBAIJAN

Tried unfairly and suffering poor health in prison.

Pablo Pacheco Avila
journalist
prisoner of conscience
CUBA

Serving a 20-year prison sentence related to his legitimate journalistic activities.

Karim Amer & Abdel Moneim Mahmoud
bloggers
prisoners of conscience
EGYPT

Convicted for their writings.

Ko Aung Htun
writer
prisoner of conscience
MYANMAR

Historian of student movements, he is serving sentences totaling 17 years.

Anna Politkovskaya
writer
killed
RUSSIA

Frequently harassed by authorities, this human rights defender was shot dead last year.

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4 thoughts on “Banned Books Week

  1. Banned Books Week annoys me every time I hear about it. I hate people who think they have the right to ban books. I hate people who let it happen. I especially hate anyone who ever challenged To Kill a Mockingbird.

  2. To Kill a Mockingbird! That's exactly the book I was thinking of when I read this post. What a beautiful work of literature… could the banners of the book have been any more wrong? Not only is it a celebrated book, it's a requirement in almost every single middle school and high school in the country…

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