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Red de Dode Dichters Almanak

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Voor iedereen die van poëzie houdt

Wegens kortzichtige bezuinigingen heft de netmanager van Nederland 2 een uniek vpro programma op.

De Dode Dichters Almanak is enig in de wereld.

Het is ook het enige programma over poëzie op de Nederlandse televisie.

De opheffing is wéér een aanslag op de cultuur in ons land, die het toch al zo moeilijk heeft.

Draai de bezuiniging terug.

Laat de Dode Dichters Almanak bestaan.

Onderteken: Red de Dode Dichters Almanak

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India: PEN protests withdrawal of best-selling book

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India: PEN protests withdrawal of best-selling book

In 2009, Penguin published The Hindus: An Alternative History by American Indologist Professor Wendy Doniger. The book became a number one bestseller in the non-fiction category in India and received positive reviews in the international media. It has also been subject to criticism, including an online petition highlighting supposed factual inaccuracies and calling for the immediate withdrawal of the book signed by more than 10,000 people.

In 2011, Dinanath Batra of Shiksha Bachao Andolan filed a case against the publisher, claiming that the book was offensive to Hindus and therefore in violation of Section 295A of the Indian penal code which prohibits ‘deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.’

According to the petitioners’ lawyer, on 10 February 2014 the publisher agreed to withdraw the book and to pulp recalled, withdrawn and unsold copies at their own cost.

The PEN All-India Centre in Mumbai and the PEN Delhi Centre have expressed their grave disappointment at the news, and published a statement from Professor Doniger: ‘I was, of course, angry and disappointed to see this happen, and I am deeply troubled by what it foretells for free speech in India in the present, and steadily worsening, political climate…. I do not blame Penguin Books, India. Other publishers have just quietly withdrawn other books without making the effort that Penguin made to save this book. Penguin, India, took this book on knowing that it would stir anger in the Hindutva ranks, and they defended it in the courts for four years, both as a civil and as a criminal suit.

They were finally defeated by the true villain of this piece – the Indian law that makes it a criminal rather than civil offense to publish a book that offends any Hindu, a law that jeopardizes the physical safety of any publisher, no matter how ludicrous the accusation brought against a book.’

On 14 February, Penguin India issued a statement on the case in which they echo Doniger’s concern about freedom of expression in the country: ‘The Indian Penal Code, and in particular section 295A of that code, will make it increasingly difficult for any Indian publisher to uphold international standards of free expression without deliberately placing itself outside the law. This is, we believe, an issue of great significance not just for the protection of creative freedoms in India but also for the defence of fundamental human rights.’

As former trustee and chair of English PEN’s Writers at Risk Committee: Salil Tripathi states in his piece on the controversy, Penguin’s disappointing surrender:

‘Those who disagreed with Doniger had options—to protest, to argue, to publish their own book as response, and if they had a copy, to shut it. Nobody is being forced to read it. Now, go to your electronic readers, buy it, download it, read it; if you go abroad, get copies—there’s no ban on its import; and reinforce the idea that a pluralistic India does not have singular views. India thrives in its diversity and plurality—its culture and its opinions.’

The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger is available from Foyles.

TAKE ACTION

Sign the petition: PEN Delhi is supporting this Change.org petition calling for the reform of Sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code. Sign the petition

Send a letter of appeal: Write to the Indian authorities protesting the withdrawal of Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History and calling for the reform of Sections 153A and 295A. A sample letter is provided on the English PEN website but it is always better if you put the appeal in your own words.

Send a message of support: If you would like to send a message of support to Wendy Doniger, please email your message to cat@englishpen.org and they will pass it on.

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Berliner Plakate IV: Protest

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Unser Korrespondent Anton K. berichtet:

Berliner Plakate IV: Protest

Photos Anton K.

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Street poetry: Nein zur Nato

Street poetry: Nein zur Nato 

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Berliner Plakate III: Protest

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Unser Korrespondent Anton K. berichtet:

Berliner Plakkaten III

Photos Anton K.

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Museum of Public Protest: Stuttgart 21

Street poetry: Stuttgart 21

Museum of Public Protest

Photo Anton K. Berlin 2011

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Teken petitie Amnesty International: Rusland laat Pussy Riot vrij!

Teken petitie Amnesty International:

Rusland laat Pussy Riot vrij!

Drie leden van de Russische punkband Pussy Riot zijn veroordeeld tot twee jaar strafkamp voor het anti-Poetinlied dat zij zongen in een Moskouse kathedraal. De rechter vond hen schuldig aan ‘door religieuze haat gevoed hooliganisme’. Terwijl ze niets anders deden dan gebruikmaken van hun recht op vrije meningsuiting.

Vraag de Russische autoriteiten om de onmiddellijke vrijlating van de Pussy Riot-meiden. Onderteken deze petitie.

 

I am deeply concerned about the two-years prison sentences handed down to Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova for performing a protest song in a cathedral as part of a feminist punk group “Pussy Riot”. The three young women have been found guilty of hooliganism under Article 213 of the Russian Criminal Code, for performing a protest song in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral on February 21, 2012.

Amnesty International has declared these women to be prisoners of conscience, for they are detained solely for the peaceful expression of their beliefs. Therefore I respectfully urge you to immediately and unconditionally release Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Furthermore, I call on you to immediately and impartially investigate threats received by the family members and lawyers of the three women and, if necessary, ensure their protection. Whether or not the women were involved in the performance in the cathedral, freedom of expression is a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and no one should be jailed for the peaceful exercise of this right.

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Russia urged to release ‘Pussy Riot’ group as court prolongs detention

Russia urged to release ‘Pussy Riot’ group as court prolongs detention

A court in Moscow has ruled that three members of the female punk group Pussy Riot must remain in custody for six months after singing a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox church, prompting Amnesty International to reiterate its call for their immediate release.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who are accused of “hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred”, face possible prison sentences of up to seven years.


“These three activists have now been behind bars for months,awaiting a trial that should not be taking place, ” said Amnesty International Europe and Central Asia Programme Director John Dalhuisen.

“Even if the three arrested women did take part in the protest, the severity of the response of the Russian authorities and the detention on the serious criminal charge of hooliganism would not be a justifiable response to the peaceful – if, to many, offensive – expression of their political beliefs.”

The preliminary hearing of the case will continue next week, on 23 July.

Amnesty International considers the activists to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful expression of their beliefs.

 

“The Russian authorities must drop the charges of hooliganism and immediately and unconditionally release these three women, ” said Dalhuisen.

The protest song Virgin Mary, redeem us of Putin was performed in Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow on 21 February 2012 by several members of the feminist Pussy Riot group with their faces covered in balaclavas.

The song calls on Virgin Mary to become a feminist and banish Vladimir Putin. It also criticises the dedication and support shown to Putin by some representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church.

It was one of a number of performances intended as a protest against Vladimir Putin in the run-up to Russia’s presidential elections in March.

The Russian authorities subsequently arrested Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on 4 March and Ekaterina Samusevich on 15 March, claiming they were the masked singers.

One of the women, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, admitted to being a member of the larger ‘Pussy Riot’ group and taking part in the protest while the other two deny any involvement in the cathedral protest.

Since its establishment in 2011, the Pussy Riot group has conducted several performances in public places such as the Moscow underground, Red Square and on the roofs of buses.

In media interviews the group members have stated that they protest against, among other things, stifling of freedom of expression and assembly in Russia, the unfair political process and the fabrication of criminal cases against opposition activists.

The European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly held that freedom of expression applies not only to inoffensive ideas, “but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population”.

“Even if the action was calculated to shock and was known to be likely to cause offence, the activists left the Cathedral when requested to do so and caused no damage,” said Dalhuisen.

“The entire action lasted only a few minutes and caused only minimal disruption to those using the Cathedral for other, notably religious, purposes.”

“The broader political context surrounding the anti-Putin protests at the time – and the anticlerical, anti-Putin content of the activists’ message (themselves unpunishable) – have clearly and unlawfully been taken into account in the charges that have been brought against them.”

 

A video montage of the song available on the internet has led to a wide debate about the protest. The press secretary of President-elect Vladimir Putin called the protest despicable and said it would be followed up “with all the necessary consequences”.

Although a representative of the Orthodox Church initially called for mercy for the protestors, subsequent statements by representatives of the Church have called for harsh punishment and for the women to be prosecuted for inciting hatred on grounds of religion. The women’s relatives have reportedly also received anonymous death threats.

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Acrobaten

Amputeer acrobaten. 
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Schilderen

Iedereen kan schilderen.

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Grapjes

Wij houden niet van grapjes over ons.

(Henk & Ingrid)

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Middelmaat

De middelmaat volstaat.

(Henk & Ingrid)

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