Readings from Iranian writers in prison by writers in exile
• Narges Mohammadi
• Sedigeh Vasmaghi
• Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee
• Reza Khandan Mahabadi
• Keyvan Bajan
• Arash Ganji
Iranian writer, poet, and filmmaker
Freedom has never been gifted to anyone on a goldwrapped
plate. We ought to pay a heavy price for it . . .
In a country like Iran, death is very cheap for intellectuals,
freedom loving people and those who fight for freedom of
expression . . .
We, with complete knowledge of the risks, will emphasise
our defined obligation, which is to fight for freedom of
expression and against censorship. But we expect all our
friends, writers, intellectuals and those who fight for freedom
of expression around the world to support us.
Interview with PEN Sydney, June 2020.
Abtim died on 8 January 2022 after contracting COVID-19
for the second time in Evin Prison. PEN International holds
the Iranian authorities fully responsible for his death.
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