martedì 17 giugno 2014

Liberty and Recognition for Edward Snowden

Liberty and Recognition for Edward Snowden. Worldwide Reading on September 8th 2014, Appell 

The international literature festival Berlin (ilb) calls on all individuals, institutions, schools and media outlets that care about freedom and civil rights to participate in a worldwide reading of texts about surveillance in support of Edward Snowden, on 8th September 2014.
On 6th June 2103 the Guardian published the first of a long series of articles exposing the extent of mass surveillance being conducted by states and corporations worldwide, in particular the American National Security Agency (NSA) and the British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). New information taken from the top-secret files of these agencies continues to be revealed, detailing how millions of innocent citizens are being digitally tailed as suspects. Data about our phone calls, online chats, text messages, web searches, social media use – all the means through which we daily conduct our lives – is collected, analyzed and stored.

One man alone was responsible for disclosing these shocking violations to the public; his name is Edward Snowden. A former employee of the NSA, Snowden had become increasingly disillusioned and alarmed by the scope of surveillance and the illegal methods being used. He realized, “I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.” Unsuccessful attempts to influence the system from within pushed Snowden to take the only other route available to call attention to these gross infractions: whistleblowing. Knowing he might never again see his friends, family or country, Edward Snowden left his life and all comforts behind in the United States, carrying with him nothing except for four laptops within which were some of the National Security Agency’s most highly classified secrets.
These leaks were shared with the world through careful collaboration with responsible newspapers. They have sparked a long overdue global debate about democracy and human rights in the digital age. Corporations have come under scrutiny for their brazen exploitation of consumers’ data. Citizens everywhere are waking up to the fact that there is no freedom without privacy and are demanding the right to live without being constantly observed. As a result, governments around the world are increasingly forced to review their own surveillance systems and, in some cases, acknowledge their complicity with the NSA.
Edward Snowden disclosed his identity soon after the first leaks were published because he wanted to protect anyone else from being implicated. He said: “I have no intention of hiding who I am, because I know I have done nothing wrong.” The ilb wholeheartedly endorses this claim and asks all citizens to do so as well by joining in the worldwide reading for a man who has done humanity a great service.
With this worldwide reading, we call on the United States Government to recognize that Edward Snowden's revelations are of essential importance for the safeguarding of democracy in the digital age, and thus that his actions must be seen to be covered by the Universal Unwritten Rule of the Ethical Right. Washington should therefore immediately lift all legal charges and complaints against Snowden, so that he can return home safely as a free man.

We further demand that the Member States of the European Union, in recognition of the importance of his revelations, immediately grant Edward Snowden asylum in the EU, for as long as he may need it and at least until the US Government has lifted all charges against him.

Finally, we ask that the Nobel Committee consider Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize – in recognition of his amazing, selfless service towards democracy, freedom and peace for all of us.

All texts for the reading are available in several languages on July 30th on our website Please contact the ilb if you would like to participate. The email address

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Agualusa, José Eduardo AO, BR, Ahmad, Omair IN, Alegria, Claribel NI, 
Amis, Martin  GB, Aridjis, Homero  MX, Aridjis, Betty  MX, Aridjis, Chloe  MX, 
Arvola, Ingeborg  NO, Aslam, Nadeem PK, GB, Assmann, Jan  DE, 
Azevedo, Ricardo  BR, Bachelet, Giovanni  IT, Badr, Liana  IL, 
Balci, Güner Yasemin  DE, Bartsch, Wilhelm  DE, Basil, Priya  GB, 
Battistella, Stefania IT, Belli, Gioconda  NI, Bernstein, Charles US, 
Blomé, Toby  US, Bodrozic, Marica  DE, HR. Böhm, Thomas DE, 
Bonné, Mirko DE, Bracho, Coral  MX, Brassinga, Anneke NL, 
Brett, Brian  CA, Breytenbach, Breyten  ZA, Buchholz, Martin  DE, 
Cacho, Lydia  MX , Castro, Brian  ZA, Chalfi, Raquel  IL, 
Cheheltan, Amir  IR, US, Chomsky, Noam US, Clement, Jennifer  US, MX, 
Costa, Beppe IT, Day, Michael US, de Bernieres, Louis  GB, 
de Souza, Patricia PE, FR, de Toledo, Camille FR, Debeljak, Aleš SI, 
Dimkovska, Lidija MK, Dische, Irene DE, US, 
Dorfman, Ariel  AR, CL, Dragomán, György HU, Dutton, Paul  CA,
Etwebi, Ashur  LY, Eugenides, Jeffrey  US, Falk, Agneta SE, 
Fargo Cole, Isabel  US, Flanagan, Richard  AU, Forche, Carolyn  US, 
Frevert, Ute DE, Gatenby, Greg CA, Gerz, Jochen DE, Grote, Christian DE, 
Guo, Xiaolu  CN, GB, Gustafsson, Lars  SE, Hacker, Marilyn DE, 
Haslinger, Josef  DE, Hass, Robert L.  US, Haugen, Paal-Helge  NO, 
Heinrich, Finn-Ole  DE, Helgason, Hallgrimur  IS, Herbert, Wiesner DE, 
Herliany, Dorothea Rosa  ID, Hertmans, Stefan BE, Hirschman, Jack US, 
Horstmann, Ulrich DE, Hosfeld, Rolf  DE, Howard, David  NZ, 
Humaidan, Iman  LB, Ihalainen, JK  FI, Ingebrigtsen, Eirik  NO, 
Jelinek, Elfriede AT, Jones, Gail  AU, Jonsdottir, Birgitta IS,
Jungersen, Christian DK, Kessler, Florian DE, Kishore, Naveen IN, 
Kleemann, Jessie  GL, Knausgård, Karl Ove NO, Knauss, Sibylle DE, 
Koteska, Jasna  MK, Krull, Hasso  EE, Kumpfmüller, Michael  DE, 
Lagash, Luca IT, Llongueras, Angelina  ES, US, Lodemann, Jürgen DE, 
Magnason, Andri  IS, Mak, Geert NL, Malna, Afrizal  ID, Mandilaras, Filippos  GR, 
Mawiyoo, Ngwatilo  KE, Meddeb, Abdelwahab  TN, FR, Melandri, Francesca  IT, 
Menasse, Eva DE, Mernissi, Fatema  MA, Metz, Markus DE, Michalopoulou, 
Amanda  GR, Morales, Chavarro, Winston  CO, Nagarkar, Kiran  IN, 
Nakhjavani, Bahiyyih IR, US, Navarro, Mariette FR, Nilsson, Moni SE, 
Nwakanma, Obi  NG, Ondaatje,  Michael  CA, Oroschakoff, Haralampi  DE, AT, 
Palma, Jorge UY, Palmer, Michael US, Paterson, Don  GB, 
Patiño Góez, Rafael CO, Peters, Christoph DE, Plessen, Elisabeth DE, 
Rendón, Fernando  CO, Restrepo, Laura  CO, Rinke, Moritz  DE, 
Rosa Mendes, Pedro PT, Rosenstock, Gabriel  IE, Rotfuß, Veronika  DE, 
Said, Mekkawi  EG, Saleh, Fakhri  JO, Saleh, Ameen  BH, Salmon, Christian  FR, 
Sartorius, Joachim DE, Satchidanandan, K. IN, Schreiber, Ulrich DE, 
Schuenke, Christa  DE, Schulze, Ingo DE, Šehić, Faruk BA, Selasi, Taiye  GB, IT, 
Sennewald, Nadja DE, Sguiglia, Eduardo AR, Shimon, Samuel IQ, GB, 
Shuttleworth, Mike  AU, Sofronieva, Tzveta  BG, DE, 
Sonnenberg, Brittani US, DE, Stamm, Peter  CH, Stanchina, Kanta  DE, IN, 
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Tafdrup, Pia DK, Talvet, Jüri  EE, Teller, Janne DK, Thien, Madeleine CA, CN, MY 
Thompson, Jon  US, Thor, Annika  SE, Toews, Miriam CA, Trojanow, Ilija BG, DE, 
Tuveri, Igor IT, Vlavianos, Haris  GR, Vold, Jan Erik  NO, Völker, Peter  DE, 
von Waberer, Keto  DE, Wainaina, Binyavanga  US, KE, Waldmann, Anne US, 
Walther, Joachim  DE, Warner, Marina  GB, Weinberger, Eliot  US, 
Welsh, Irvine GB, Wenzel, Hans-Eckhardt DE, 
Wharton, Herbert AU, Yang, Lian CN, Yiwu, Liao CN, Zeh, Juli DE
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