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General News of Thursday, 9 November 2000

Source: GNA

Intimidation, attacks cannot stop writers: PEN

The Ghanaian Centre of International PEN on Wednesday said it believes that intimidation attacks and detentions cannot stop writers and the media from performing their constitutional roles.

The centre said this in a statement issued in Accra in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa who was hanged in 1995. The writer and eight others were hanged by the Abacha regime for their activities in the Ogoni rights campaign.

The statement signed by Frank Mackay Anim-Appiah, President, called on all journalists "to stand firm in the unwarranted provocation that is deliberately aimed at preventing the forward march to the development of democratic rule in Africa."