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Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s moving piece in The Root on the travails of married journalists Serkalem Fasil and Eskinder Nega. Nega, who is in prison, won the 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. His wife Serkalem Fasil accepted the award on his behalf. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a journalist and correspondent, was the master of ceremonies at the PEN Gala in New York.
(via Eskinder Nega and Serkalem Fasil: Fighting for Freedom of Speech in Ethiopia)

Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s moving piece in The Root on the travails of married journalists Serkalem Fasil and Eskinder Nega. Nega, who is in prison, won the 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. His wife Serkalem Fasil accepted the award on his behalf. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a journalist and correspondent, was the master of ceremonies at the PEN Gala in New York.

(via Eskinder Nega and Serkalem Fasil: Fighting for Freedom of Speech in Ethiopia)

"My father Ilham Tohti has used only one weapon in his struggle for the basic rights of Uyghur of Xinjiang: words, spoken, written, distributed and posted. This is all that he has ever had at his disposal, and all he has ever needed. And this is what China finds so threatening. Locations may differ, countries and societies may differ, but the fear of free thought and the power of words still sadly tortures the minds of so many who rule."

Watch Jewher Ilham accept the 2014 Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award on her father’s behalf.