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TODAY marks one year since the unjust imprisonment of Iranian writers and 2021 PEN/Barbey #FreedomToWrite honorees Baktash Abtin, Keyvan Bajan, and Reza Khandan Mahabadi for spurious propaganda and national security charges at the notorious Evin prison. http://bit.ly/3kDU0h9
An official indictment against PEN America's #FreedomToWrite honoree Xu Zhiyong confirms what human rights groups have been saying since his arrest—his only “crime” has been to peacefully write about and advocate for reform. https://bit.ly/3lY97Bk
Four of the top ten most challenged books in 2020 are about race and racism. Author Ta-Nahesi Coates spoke with @CBSMornings to discuss #BannedBooksWeek and his reaction to one of his own books being banned. https://cbsn.ws/3zKNU2O