20 June 2016
This week on 'Top Writers' (broadcast through Fresh FM) I shine the spotlight on the plight of Behrouz BOOCHANI, who has been incarcerated on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea for almost 3 years. Boochani is one writer out of the 1054 writers currently on PEN’s Case List. An Iranian national, in his native Iran, Boochani worked as a journalist for several newspapers. Since his detention on Manus Island Boochani has been documenting human rights violations, which he passes on to the Humanitarian Research Partners (HRP), who in turn pass the information on to the United Nations and its relevant agencies.
With the demise in freedom of speech in the Pacific, voices like Boochani, are a valuable link to what is going on in the region.
The podcast will be available Thursday 23rd June.
About 'Top Writers'
‘Top Writers’, is a radio show written and produced by Dana Wensley in conjunction with the Top of the South Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. It features a PEN section hosted by Dana Wensley. The show begins with freedom of speech issues, focusing the lens on one author each session. You can find out more about the show on http://www.topwriters.co.nz/radio-show.html