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“The statements that PEN produced about the progress on the case give continued visibility to the issue and continue to put the pressure on the government to take action. I think that the advocacy helps, because it is picked up by the local press. I also think that when you write asking for the charges to be dropped, it gives continued updates to many people who may otherwise erroneously think that the charges were dropped” - Stella Nyanzi, Ugandan human rights activist and academic.

Several Ethiopian journalists were released from prison

The Equatorial Guinean artist Ramón Esono Ebalé was freed

Ethiopian blogger and journalist Eskinder Nega was released from prison

Yemeni writer Mohammad Yahya al-Jubaihi was released following the quashing of his death sentence