Twenty-two writers persecuted for their beliefs, including four in such danger that they cannot be named, have been awarded $10,000 each from a fund set up by the estates of two U.S. writers who suffered for their political convictions.
"Writing is a dangerous profession in many parts of the world," said Gara LaMarche, executive director of the Fund for Free Expression. The fund disburses the awards on behalf of the estate of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett.Among this year's winners are a political satirist, journalists, novelists and poets and from 16 countries. Among the winners this year were Xue Di, a Chinese poet who escaped to the United States after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Other recipients came from Vietnam, Togo, Argentina, Guatemala, Iran and Romania.