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Reports of state-sponsored violence against journalists and independent media outlets in Egypt have continued to flow in since February 2, when supporters of President Mubarak first clashed with anti-government protestors. Take action by sending appeals directly to the Egyptian government.

“Truth is always the first casualty in war.” A Norwegian lawmaker nominates WikiLeaks for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, saying that the organization has contributed to the advancement of human rights and freedom of expression, in much the same way as last year’s winner, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Three journalists, including the former president of the Belarus PEN Center Vladimir Neklyaev, have been released from KGB prison in Belarus, though their movements and activities are being tightly controlled. Many other journalists and human rights activists remain incarcerated.

On the last day of the Sundance Film Festival, Doug Liman directed a production of PEN’s Reckoning with Torture project featuring Robert Redford, Ellen Barkin, America Ferrera, and other artists and authors. As Dahlia Litwick writes in Slate, perhaps “it is only through the arts and a campaign to create public outrage that America can begin to reckon with the moral and human consequences of the U.S. torture policy.”

In the latest PEN podcast, Don DeLillo reads an excerpt from his novel Mao II at PEN’s benefit event for the Belarus Free Theater.

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Actress Samantha Osaki reads at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

The Reckoning with Torture project is based on a simple but powerful notion: that coming to terms with human rights abuses starts with reading the documentary record. Over 130,000 formerly secret documents detailing the torture and abuse of detainees in US custody since 9/11 are now publicly available. A collaborative project with Doug Liman, the ACLU, and PEN, the Reckoning with Torture Project asks the public to read the record and spread the word.

(via PEN.org » Blog Archive Reckoning with Torture: Samantha Osaki and Lili Taylor - PEN.org)

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Secrecy and Torture | The Dissident Blog
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Samantha Osaki, a student living in Pennsylvania, reads the sworn statement of an interpreter at the Kandahar detention facility in Afghanistan who witnesses the mistreatment of a detainee: 

Here’s actress Lili Taylor reading the same statement at the Sundance Film Festival 2011:

And here’s a fragment of the original handwritten statement: 

Join Samantha and Lili in honoring this interpreter: 

1) download the statement

2) film yourself reading 

3) send us the file

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In Doug Liman’s documentary film Reckoning With Torture, ordinary Americans stand side-by-side with actors, writers, and former military interrogators and intelligence officers in a reading of official documents that reveals the scope and cost of America’s post-9/11 torture program.

This Sunday on Moyers & Company, Liman joins Larry Siems, PEN American’s Director of Freedom to Write and International Programs, to discuss the film and the importance of hearing the voices of detainees.

To find out when the show airs in your area, click here.

(via PEN.org » Blog Archive Reckoning with Torture on Bill Moyers - PEN.org)

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In Doug Liman’s documentary Reckoning With Torture, ordinary Americans stand side-by-side with actors, writers, and former military interrogators and intelligence officers in a reading of official documents that reveals the scope and cost of America’s post-9/11 torture program.

This Sunday on Moyers & Company, Liman joins Larry Siems, PEN American’s Director of Freedom to Write and International Programsto discuss the film and the importance of hearing the voices of detainees.

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PEN American Center appears on Bill Moyers on America’s Torture Program

"On this weekend’s Moyers & Company, Siems, director of the Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN American Center, and Liman, whose credits include The Bourne IdentityMr. and Mrs. Smith, and Fair Game, join Bill Moyers to talk about what we should be learning from and doing about U.S. torture tactics.”

(Source: billmoyers.com)

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Bill Moyers
Reckoning with Torture

In Doug Liman’s documentary Reckoning With Torture, ordinary Americans stand side-by-side with actors, writers, and former military interrogators and intelligence officers in a reading of official documents that reveals the scope and cost of America’s post-9/11 torture program. Listen to the program here.

This past Sunday on Moyers & Company, Liman joined Larry Siems, PEN American’s Director of Freedom to Write and International Programsto discuss the film and the importance of hearing the voices of detainees.