Iran: Writers association criticizes state pressure

Iran’s Writers Association says security officials have prevented the group from holding its monthly advisory meeting.

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In a recently issued statement, the group says the meeting was due to be held on January 14 at the home of one of the members. But according to the statement, a few days before the scheduled meeting, the individual was summoned by the Intelligence Ministry and “forced” to cancel the gathering.

“Can one speak of freedom of art while the activities of the Writers Association — which has fought for freedom of expression for half a century and believes freedom is necessary for literature and creative art — be banned?” asks Iran’s Writers Association in its statement.

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