Appeal Qatari poet’s sentence

The international writers’ organization PEN asks that writers protest the continuing imprisonment of Qatari poet Mohammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami. In an email to members today, PEN wrote, “This week, an appeals court reduced his sentence to 15 years, but the conviction on charges of ‘inciting to overthrow the ruling system’ and ‘insulting the emir’ still stands—a clear violation of al-Ajami’s right to freedom of expression.”

Please protest this sentence at

–Carol Polsgrove, February 28, 2013

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