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On I-Day Pen America writes to President Droupadi Murmu expressing concerns regarding freedom of expression in India

According to the organisation's recent Freedom to Write Index, India is the only nominally democratic country included in the count of the top 10 jailers of writers and public intellectuals worldwide, with eight individuals held behind bars.

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On the occasion of India’s 75th anniversary of independence, PEN America and PEN International, non profits that work to safeguard free expression in the United States and worldwide, together with 102 notable writers and creative artists, have written to the President of India, Droupadi Murmu, expressing their concern over the deterioration of free expression in the country.

The letter urges the President to uphold democratic ideals and free expression in the spirit of India’s independence, and restore India’s reputation as an inclusive, secular, multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy. “Free expression is the cornerstone of a robust democracy. By weakening this core right, all other rights are at risk and the promises made at India’s birth as an independent republic are severely compromised,” it reads.

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