Word reaches us from PEN American Center that Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s most prominent writers and a former President and current Board member of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, has been arrested on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power.”
Further, we're told, "Liu has faced constant harassment for his efforts to expand the freedom to write in China; his “crime” this time was co-authoring a petition calling for peaceful reform in his country. We’ve posted a video clip of a 2006 interview with Liu Xiaobo talking defiantly about the right to write here. And we have complete information about his case, including a sample letter people can send on his behalf."
Last week, International PEN released a petition calling for Liu’s release, signed by Salman Rushdie, Edward Albee, Margaret Atwood, and Wole Soyinka, among many others. You can read the full text here.
As you all know, the treatment of writers in countries that don't have the freedoms we take for granted has long been a cause dear to us. Please do what you can to help.