April 2013

RAN 04/12: Cameroon Update

Cameroonian author Dieudonné Enoh Meyomesse prevented from writing in prison.

On April 17, 2013 the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International sent a letter to the Administrator of Kondengui Prison, Cameroon, protesting the treatment of writer, historian and president of the National Association of Cameroonian Writers Dieudonné Enoh Meyomesse, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence there. PEN is disturbed by recent reports that Enoh Meyomesse is being prevented from writing and has effectively had three of his new works confiscated.

HONG KONG: Bookstore of Banned Books

Monday, April 22, 2013
Freedom to Write News

The Atlantic Cities reports that a bookstore in Hong Kong has found a way to bypass China's infamous restrictions and censorship on what the Chinese government deems unsuitable for the general public. The article reads:

Request For Action On Cameroon

We are writing to ask PEN members to help support our fellow writers and journalists in Cameroon. Cameroon has consistently failed to meet its obligation to protect freedom of expression, despite its international human rights commitments and provisions in domestic law.


According to PEN’s information, Nguyen Huu Cau, 67, is a poet, songwriter, human rights defender and anti-corruption activist. He was arrested by public security police on October 9, 1982, for having authored an ‘incriminating’ manuscript of songs and poems. Nguyen Huu Cau had reportedly noted allegations of rape and bribery committed by the two high level officers on the back of the pages of the original manuscript.