As writers, it is important that we support the freedom of other writers around the world. Please write letters to government officials urging them to release of prisoners of conscience. Such letters have been partly responsible for freeing those who have been imprisoned for nothing more than putting their thoughts to paper.
For more information on where to write and about whom, see
PEN American Center Freedom to Write Committee
Committee to Project Journalists
For information on formerly imprisoned writers, see my articles on:
Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesia's leading writer
Dr. Asrat Woldeyes, Ethiopian opposition leader
Longer versions of the Dr. Asrat story appeared in the LA Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Index on Censorship, African News On-Line, and Toward Freedom.