Spotlight on Sochi

Posted: February 16, 2014 in 2013-14, Campaigns, Letter writing, News

PEN’s international campaign to highlight Russia’s deplorable policies on freedom of expression during the Sochi Winter Olympics has hit the headlines over the past week, and you can read a selection of the coverage below. Closer to home, Oxford Student PEN committee member Nico Hobhouse raised the debate with a brilliant comment piece in the Oxford Student, which you can read here.

PEN’s campaign was also discussed in the Guardian, which featured an open letter organised by PEN International and signed by more than 200 writers – a galaxy of literary stars, including Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, Carol Ann Duffy, Wole Soyinka, Paul Auster, and Margaret Atwood – against Putin’s ‘chokehold’ on freedom of expression. The leading Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya wrote, again in the Guardian, about the problems faced by the media in Russia as they seek to question the way the state is working, likening contemporary Russia to something Orwell might have imagined.

PEN’s letter also earned notice from the BBC, the Telegraph and the Moscow Times, among others.



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