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The Fight for Freedom to Write

Original: 为写作自由而战

A short film from the Independent Chinese PEN Center – ICPC,
by and with Liu Xiaobo

In 2010, Liu Xiaobo received the Nobel Peace Prize as well as German PEN’s Hermann Kesten Award.

Due to his leading role as initiator of the manifesto for democratic reform – the so-called Charter 08 - and because of his numerous articles criticizing China’s communist regime, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison on 25 December 2009.
Liu Xiaobo was co-founder and first president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center – IPCP.

0n 23 May 2017, eight years into his detention for "undermining the authority of the state", Liu Xiaobo was diagnosed with liver cancer in its final state and soon after transferred into a hospital. He was not allowed to leave the country in spite of offers for treatment abroad.

On 13 July 2017, Dr. Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer under guard in a Shendyang clinic.
The Chinese authorities are being urged to release his wife, Liu Xia, from house arrest since 2009.

Dr. Liu Xiaobo
Dr. Liu Xiaobo (archive)
* 28.12.1955 — † 13.07.2017
© Independent Chinese PEN Center

International PEN 13.07.2017:
Liu Xiaobo – An Exceptional Life, Always Remembered
The PEN community are deeply saddened to hear of Liu Xiaobo’s death today.

About ICPC
The Independent Chinese PEN PEN: Poets - Essayists - Novelists Center (ICPC) is a non-political, non-profit organization of writers that fights for the protection of freedom of expression and publication, and works toward ensuring the free flow of information, a prerequisite for an open society. Founded in 2001 by a group of Chinese writers in exile and in China, including the famous writer Liu Binyan (1925-2005), Zheng Yi and Bei Ling, ICPC is primarily concerned with the rights of Chinese language writers throughout the world. With its 250 members, ICPC is an affiliate of International PEN, the global association of writers dedicated to freedom of expression and the defense of writers suffering governmental repression.
Further information about Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC): www.chinesepen.org (Chinese).

为写作自由而战 - The Fight for Freedom to Write
© ICPC 2009 - Length: 10:09 min. - Chinese with English subtitels