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Salman Rushdie on the Dissident Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 20 April 2011


Ai Weiwei’s “release is a matter of extreme urgency and the governments of the free world have a clear duty in this matter.”, states, with urgent clarity, Salman Rushdie

image: Rodrigo Corral & Jennifer Carrow/The New York Times

The eminent writer and social observer Salman Rushdie has written a short, clear article entitled “Dangerous Arts” as an op-ed contributor to The Opinion Pages of The New York Times.  Rushdie states his, and a great many others’, view of the arrest and detention of the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei by the Chinese government and urges others, artists in the forefront, to speak out, mobilise, and urge their own governments to make it very clear that the Chinese authorities’ treatment of Mr. Ai, and others, is unacceptable.

As Mr. Rushdie states his point, “Today the government of China has become the world’s greatest threat to freedom of speech, and so we need Ai Weiwei, Liao Yiwu and Liu Xiaobo” and others who dare to speak out.

See our previous post on the arrest of Ai Weiwei, “Ai Weiwei – Artist, Architect & Living Symbol of China’s Conscience“, here.

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