This week: Green Party candidate Jill Stein on censorship in US elections, the arrest of Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, China censors Twitter ahead of Communist Party congress, Bahrain revokes citizenships, and new gag law limits press freedom in Costa Rica.
This week, controversy over the Venezuelan presidential election, Liu Futang put on trial for “printing his books without proper licenses,” and the United Nations condemnation of the killing of Indian correspondent Chaitali Santra.
In 2010 Chinese human rights activist Feng Zhenghu was forced to live in the Narita Airport for 92 days while trying to return to China. Now the activist has been stuck under house arrest for 200 days without any legal justification.
Chinese photographer and poet Liu Xia has been under house arrest since 2010, when her husband Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Sampsonia Way is pleased to share a selection of Liu Xia’s photographs.
Tienchi Martin-Liao profiles Liu Xia in this week’s column. The wife of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo is currently living under house arrest in Beijing. Recently her photography, featuring dolls, was exhibited at the Berlin Literature Festival.
Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.