Alek Popov Joins Protest against Russia 'Choke Hold' on Free Speech

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Bulgaria: Alek Popov Joins Protest against Russia 'Choke Hold' on Free Speech Bulgarian prominent novelist Alek Popov has joined an assembly of more than 200 leading international authors to denounce the "choke hold" they say Russia's anti-gay and blasphemy laws place on freedom of expression. Photo by BGNES

?One of the most prominent contemporary Bulgarian writers, Alek Popov, has signed an open letter to denounce Putin regime's new laws 'putting writers at risk'.

An assembly of more than 200 leading international authors – including Salman Rushdie, G?nter Grass, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Wole Soyinka, Elfriede Jelinek and Orhan Pamuk Carol Ann Duffy, Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan and Neil Gaiman - has formed to denounce the "choke hold" they say the country's anti-gay and blasphemy laws place on freedom of expression.

In an open letter published in Britain's Guardian newspaper, the writers said recent legislation outlawing religious insult and the "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors, along with the recriminalisation of defamation, "specifically put writers at risk".

They vowed not to stand by "as we watch our fellow writers and journalists pressed into silence or risking prosecution and often drastic punishment for the mere act of communicating their thoughts".

"A healthy democracy must hear the independent voices of all its citizens; the global community needs to hear, and be enriched by, the diversity of Russian opinion," it said.

"We therefore urge the Russian authorities to repeal these laws that strangle free speech."

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sa-sha - 8 Feb 2014 // 18:10:00

;-) only "addiction"/addiction is that to "spirit"/spirit.

Ego sum Rex Spiritus et supra grammaticos!

Seedy - 7 Feb 2014 // 16:22:15

Sa-sha - you really must kick your addiction to Google-Garble Translate! However, if this bunch of Champagne Socialists aren't going to "stand by" while Russia passes laws that clearly have the support of the majority of its citizens, then just what ARE they going to do - and what gives them the right to presume to dictate the country's internal policy?

sa-sha - 7 Feb 2014 // 15:23:49

Earlier it was "AA"(Association Agreement) ....did anybody read it, eh? Still "all progressive mankind" proclaimed that de facto sentence to death for Ukraine "the basis for EU-Ukraine strategic partnership". The same story now: did Alek Popov &Co read that "About banning propaganda of homosexuality among minors" law? Judging by their reaction, they DIDN'T. Still Alek and "all progressive mankind", sure, "are concerned"...It's like in the falling asleep in the Lord USSR: "We don't know who was that Martin, we spit that he was a Luther(an) and we don't care that he was a King, but we, the Soviet milkmaids, angrily condemn the sneaky American Imperialism!"......Today Milkmaids are replaced by writers/authors, "American Imperialism" by "Putinism", and...and the scheme "We didn't read but we angrily condemn" continues working.....Great thing is Tradition!

Yane - 6 Feb 2014 // 21:19:45

Strangle perversion, he means.

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