Posts Tagged ‘ prison ’

Freed from Prison, Egyptian Novelist Naji Thanks Supporters Worldwide

December 29, 2016
By
Freed from Prison, Egyptian Novelist Naji Thanks Supporters Worldwide

A few days after being freed from prison last week, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji posted a long message to Facebook thanking the supporters who stood by him during his trial and 10-month incarceration for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his novel Using Life that was published in a state-owned newspaper. Naji’s reprieve may…

Read more »

Egyptian MPs Recommend Pardon for Jailed Novelist Naji

December 6, 2016
By
Egyptian MPs Recommend Pardon for Jailed Novelist Naji

Jailed Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was included on a parliamentary committee’s list of recommended pardons sent to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Sunday, the same day that the next hearing in Naji’s appeal of a conviction for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life was adjourned until December 18. Use…

Read more »

Egyptian Court Rejects Naji’s Third Appeal for Release

November 30, 2016
By
Egyptian Court Rejects Naji’s Third Appeal for Release

A Cairo court on Saturday rejected author Ahmed Naji’s third appeal for release from prison, where he has now served 10 months of a two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life which was reprinted in a state-owned newspaper in 2014. Naji still may have a chance at…

Read more »

Jailed Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Files New Appeal for Release

November 16, 2016
By
Jailed Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Files New Appeal for Release

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji, jailed since February after being convicted of “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his novel Use of Life, is launching a new appeal for release after the government agreed to review the cases of political prisoners. Two previous appeals have already failed, most recently in August, and Naji is reportedly…

Read more »

Wolf Boys Banned from Texas Prisons

October 3, 2016
By
wolf-boys

Schools and libraries in Texas aren’t the only facilities that suffer from book bans. Dan Slater’s new non-fiction work Wolf Boys has joined the list of 15,000 books banned within the state’s prison systems. Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel, as the title suggests, tells the story of two American boys recruited…

Read more »

Farghadani Discusses Past Imprisonment and Future Plans

July 20, 2016
By
Farghadani Discusses Past Imprisonment and Future Plans

Just over two months ago, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was freed from prison after her draconian prison sentence of 12 years and 9 months for mocking her country’s parliament in a cartoon was shortened to the 18 months she’d already served. Last week, she gave an exclusive interview to the Washington Post’s Michael…

Read more »

Egyptian Court Denies Ailing Author’s Request for Bail Pending Appeal

July 18, 2016
By
Egyptian Court Denies Ailing Author’s Request for Bail Pending Appeal

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji’s request to be released from prison pending an appeal in his obscenity case was denied last week, meaning he will continue to serve his two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” until a higher court decides to consider the appeal. That trial date has not been set, and he is said to…

Read more »

Farghadani Strikes Back with New Cartoon

July 1, 2016
By
Farghadani Strikes Back with New Cartoon

In light of the fact that she recently spent 18 months in prison for drawing a caricature of the Iranian Parliament, Atena Farghadani could be forgiven for taking a bit of a professional break to savor her newfound freedom. Instead, she was back on Facebook earlier this month with a new cartoon taking aim at…

Read more »

Writers and Readers Come Together to Support Jailed Egyptian Novelist

May 12, 2016
By
Writers and Readers Come Together to Support Jailed Egyptian Novelist

In a letter sent this week to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, PEN America and more than 120 writers and artists from around the world demanded the release of novelist Ahmed Naji, currently sentenced to two years in prison for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life. Meanwhile, supporters will…

Read more »

ATENA FREE!

May 3, 2016
By
ATENA FREE!

Fantastic news from Iran today: after nearly 18 months in prison for drawing a cartoon, Atena Farghadani has been released! Farghadani’s sentence had recently been reduced on appeal from the original 12 years and 9 months, but even her lawyer was not sure exactly when she would be set free. She was greeted by family…

Read more »