Imprisoned Writer 2015

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2015

John Ralston Saul, Katherine Govier, Andrew Pyper, Yann Martel, Linwood Barclay and John Valliant put pen to paper for three imprisoned writers: Raif Badawi, Khadija Ismayilova and Eskinder Nega.

John Ralston Saul writes to Raif Badawi

John Ralston Saul Writes to Raif Badawi

John Ralston Saul, author of Dark Diversions and The Comeback, wrote this note to Saudi Arabian blogger and author, Raif Badawi, who is serving a 10 year prison sentence and facing 1000 lashes.

Andrew Pyper writes to Raif Badawi

Andrew Pyper Writes to Raif Badawi

Andrew Pyper, author of The Damned and The Demonologist, wrote this note to Saudi Arabian blogger and author, Raif Badawi, who is serving a 10 year prison sentence and facing 1000 lashes.

Katherine Govier writes to Raif Badawi

Katherine Govier Writes to Raif Badawi

Katherine Govier, author of The Ghost Brush and Creation, wrote this note to Saudi Arabian blogger and author, Raif Badawi, who is serving a 10 year prison sentence and facing 1000 lashes.

Day of the Imprisoned Writer | Photo by Amar Ramesh

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

On Nov. 15, PEN Canada observes the Day of the Imprisoned Writer to focus attention on the unjust imprisonment of writers around the world.

Protestors call for Raif Badawi's freedom.

How to Sway Riyadh to Free Badawi

PEN Canada president, Randy Boyagoda, reflects on the Saudi bid to head the UN Human Rights Council and how freeing Raif Badawi could impact the Kingdom’s international reputation.