PEN President Peter Godwin Calls Conviction of Award Winning Journalist Eskinder Nega “Shameful”
Press Release | June 27, 2012
NEW YORK CITY (PEN) - PEN American Center President Peter Godwin issued the following statement in response to the conviction of Ethiopian journalist and PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award Laureate Eskinder Nega, who will be sentenced on July 13 on terrorism charges:
“That Eskinder was put on trial at all for his writing, shows a shameful disdain for Ethiopia’s obligations to its citizens and to international law, and further proof of its alarming descent into an authoritarian state. This guilty verdict is an affront to journalists everywhere who exercise their internationally-protected right to freedom of expression.
“We at PEN urge the world to stand with Eskinder Nega, with the journalists struggling inside Ethiopia, and with the 150 journalists who have now fled Ethiopia into exile. Our pledge to Eskinder is this: we will keep campaigning for your release until you walk free.”
For more information on Eskinder’s case, visit www.pen.org/eskinder
PEN American Center is the largest of the 144 centers of PEN International, the world’s oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. The Freedom to Write Program of PEN American Center works to protect the freedom of the written word wherever it is imperiled. It defends writers and journalists from all over the world who are imprisoned, threatened, persecuted, or attacked in the course of carrying out their profession. For more information on PEN’s work, please visit www.pen.org
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