Posted on October 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

An academic, activist, and blogger from Bahrain has been chosen as the 2022 International Writer of Courage.

Each year, the PEN Pinter Prize winner — in 2022, children's/YA author Malorie Blackman — gets to choose a writer who they believe has been persecuted for speaking out about their beliefs.

This year, that person is Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who has spent a decade at this point; he was convicted and given a life sentence for his role in Bahrain's 2011 pro-democracy protests.

English PEN's website notes that in July 2021, Al-Singace began a hunger strike to protest his treatment in prison, including the confiscation of a manuscript he's been working on.

The organization continues to push for his "immediate and unconditional release."

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