The debate is open

In other words, the freedom of expression conference, has just opened and we gather for a literary and musical demonstration of solidarity with the authors Asli Erdoğan, from Turkey, Narges Mohammadi, from Iran and Khadija Ismailova from Azerbaijan. The three authors were invited to Lillehammer by PEN International, ICORN, Norwegian PEN and the Norwegian Festival of Literature, but a festival visit remains an impossible dream because each of them is either in prison, under house arrest or not permitted to leave the country because they expressed their convictions.

The evening’s host is the Icelandic author and PEN member Sjón.

Fellow Authors who will take part are: Gunvald Axner Ims (Norway), Asieh Amini (Iran), Mohammadi Hamidreza(Iran), Anzhelina Polonskaya (Russia), Ali Kalaei (Syria), Birger Emanuelsen (Norway), Gunel Movlud (Azerbaijan), Housam Al-Mosilli (Syria), Basim Mardan (Iraq), and Brit Bildøen (Norway).

Musical interlude by Khaled Harara (Palestine).

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