Writers Call For China Dissident’s Release

From Reuters:

An international ’ organization has called for the release of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, detained after he helped write a pro-democracy manifesto.

Writers including Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Chinese novelist Ha Jin and Jung Chang, whose autobiography “Wild Swans” was followed by a critical biography of Mao Zedong, were among the 300 who signed the call for Liu’s release, writers group International PEN said on Wednesday.

Liu has been in since shortly before the December release of Charter 08, which was signed by 300 Chinese dissidents and intellectuals. It called for greater rights for Chinese, direct and political and fiscal reforms.

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