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20.03.2007 - Worldwide Reading in Memory of Anna Politkovskaya

An appeal for a worldwide reading of Anna Politkovskaya's reports on
Chechnya. The journalist and critic of Putin was assassinated on October 7, 2006.
For a second time the Peter Weiss Foundation for Art and Politics, based in Berlin, makes an appeal for a worldwide reading on March 20. The aim of these interconnected events is to raise awareness of matters and forms of political communication. Because the lie as instrument of political formations also belongs to the beginning of the twenty-first century, it is imperative that the powers that combat it don't weaken.

The worldwide reading in memory of Anna Politkovskaya took place at 80 venues in 21 countries on all continents, on March 20th. 15 radio stations participated by broadcasting readings, interviews and reportages. Nobel prize winner Elfriede Jelinek's reading was aired by Deutschlandradio. The event reached around one million of listeners in Russia, Georgia and Eastern Europe via Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Further radio stations in Australia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Columbia, Poland, the USA and Luxemburg reported about the event.

The readings were sold out for the most part. In many places they were followed by discussions on human rights and the freedom of press. Some institutions also remembered the journalist Hrant Dink, who was murdered in January 2007. The last reading took place in the Australian La Mama Courthouse Theatre in Melbourne - in the following morning, Greenwich Mean Time. The Berlin based Peter Weiss Foundation for Art and Politics assumes that around 8000 people visited the events worldwide.

The campaign was supported by Reporters without Borders, the PEN Writers in Prison Committee, other PEN centers in various countries, the international literature festival berlin, by the Goethe-Institut and the German Writers' Union. (Please see Participants)