Writers Call For China Dissident’s Release

From Reuters:

An international writers’ 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 family 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 detention since shortly before the December release of Charter 08, which was signed by 300 Chinese and intellectuals. It called for greater rights for Chinese, direct elections and political and fiscal reforms.

January 21, 2009, 5:56 AM
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