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PEN International – Sochi Olympics Out in the Cold Campaign

Dear Colleagues,

As part of the social media aspect of PEN’s Sochi Olympics campaign- Out in the Cold – we are planning an online Thunderclap action to highlight recently-passed draconian legislation that has the potential to strangle free expression in Russia.

The Thunderclap message you will be signing up for is:

Join PEN’s call: Russia, repeal free expression-strangling laws! #outinthecold #sochi2014

To sign up to this media action please follow this link:

Full information and instructions are below.


On Thursday, 6th February, at exactly 2pm GMT, a single message supporting our Russian Winter Olympics campaign will be sent from the Facebook and Twitter accounts of PEN members (and from the accounts of Out in the Cold campaign supporters around the world), sharing the same message at the same time, spreading an idea through Facebook and Twitter that cannot be ignored.

How to add your name to the Thunderclap

1. Follow the link above to add your name to the campaign. Do this as soon as you can – we need at least 100 people to sign up for the Thunderclap to go ahead!
2. Select your social media accounts (to spread the message as far as possible we suggest you choose all your social media accounts)
3. This will generate a brief message from your social media account to let others know that you have signed up to the campaign
4. Another message will be generated on Thursday 6 FEBRUARY at 2pm GMT from all accounts that have signed up – culminating in a Thunderclap, and spreading news of PEN’s Sochi Olympics campaign across the internet.

Please share this email with friends and colleagues and ask them to sign up too.

Full details of this campaign can be found here:

Best Wishes,

Sahar Halaimzai | Communications & Campaigns Manager | PEN International


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