• Liu Xia (drawing)
    “In the beginning was the Word”

    Independent Chinese PEN Center president, Tienchi Martin-Liao, reflects on the five-year anniversary of imprisonment of dissident writer and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, his wife’s prolonged, Kafkaesque house arrest, the calls for solidarity from Chinese human rights activists, and the power of words.

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    Cartoon: Putin and Pussy Riot

    Today’s cartoon comes to us from Marian Kamensky (Austria). Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against two jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band saying that a lower court did not fully prove their guilt.

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  • RIP Nelson Mandela
    Cartoon: RIP Nelson Mandela

    Today’s cartoon is by Marian Kamensky (Austria). Sampsonia Way’s Cartoons section features cartoonists from around the world whose work offers unique political and social commentary, as well as sharp wit.

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    Turkey’s Imprisoned Writers

    Nearly 800 writers, poets, journalists, translators, and editors are currently in prison around the world. Approximately one tenth of them are in Turkey, where an Anti-Terror Law has been broadly applied to target writers. Here PEN Turkey president explains and names the writers under threat.

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