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PEN International launches anthology Write Against Impunity for International Day to End Impunity (23 November)

London - This exciting anthology incorporates the work of some of the most eminent Latin American writers and journalists, including: Claribel Alegría, Homero Aridjis, Gioconda Belli, Lydia Cacho, Ariel Dorfman, José Emilio Pacheco, Elena Poniatowska, Sergio Ramírez, Gloria Guardia, Carmen Boullosa, Victor Terán and Luisa Valenzuela. The works included in the anthology vary in style and approach, but all are steadfast in their support for the murdered writers and journalists in Latin America who are denied justice.

In the first six months of 2012, more reporters were murdered in Latin America than in any other region worldwide.  Mexico was the second most dangerous country in the world in which to be a writer or journalist, with Honduras and Brazil coming close behind.

The Write Against Impunity anthology, launched today to mark tomorrow’s International day to End Impunity, represents a culmination of PEN International’s focus on the issue of impunity in 2012, and its protest against the impunity enjoyed by those who attack and kill writers in Latin America.


The Argentinian novelist Carlos Gamerro, whose work is included in the anthology, said “In solidarity with all the Latin American writers and journalists who have suffered violence in the past or who are now living under threat, I want to express my support for PEN International’s vitally important campaign Write Against Impunity.”


PEN’s previous initiatives on the issue included the Day of the Dead Campaign in November 2011 and an international delegation which travelled to Mexico City in January 2012 to raise the issue of impunity with Mexican government officials.


The anthology was produced with the support of IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, for the International day to End Impunity. To access the download, visit: http://www.pen-international.org/write-against-impunity-2012-2/

For more information contact:

Literary Manager, James Tennant:
James.Tennant@pen-international.org +44 (0)20 7405 0338

Africa and Americas Researcher, Tamsin Mitchell:
Tamsin.Mitchell@pen-international.org +44 (0)20 7405 0338

Executive Director, Laura McVeigh:
Laura.McVeigh@pen-international.org +44 (0) 78 246 40527       +44 (0)20 7405 0338

www.pen-international.org |@pen_int

Note to Editors:
PEN International celebrates literature and promotes freedom of expression. Founded in 1921, our global community of writers now comprises 144 Centers spanning more than 100 countries. Our programmes, campaigns, events and publications connect writers and readers for global solidarity and co-operation. PEN International is a non-political organization and holds consultative status at the United Nations and UNESCO. http://www.pen-international.org.