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Friday, January 28, 2005

# Posted 1:51 AM by Ariel David Adesnik  

DON'T VISIT ISRAEL (UNLESS YOU WANT TO DIE): The government of Bangladesh has imprisoned journalist Salah Choudhury and charged him with sedition, a crime punishable by death.

Choudhury was initially arrested for a passport violation because of his attempt to travel to Israel to participate in a writer's conference. Previously, he had been an outspoken advocate of interfaith and cross-cultural reconciliation.

To sign a petition on Choudhury's behalf, click here. The writer's group PEN USA has also published excerpts a letter from Choudhury smuggled out of prison. (Hat tip: JG)
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