42 WRITERS FOR LIBERTY

Welcome to the 42 Writers for Liberty website, part of Liberty’s Charge or Release campaign opposing the Government’s proposal to extend pre-charge detention in terrorism cases from 28 to 42 days. After an overwhelming defeat in the House of Lords on 12 October 2008, the Government has now abandoned this dangerous and unnecessary measure.

The site is constructed as a calendar to illustrate graphically the sheer length of time it was proposed that a person could be held without being charged with any offence. Simply click on a day to open up a text from one of the 42 writers who have contributed to the project. You may find a story, an essay, a poem, a statement or even an interview – all a response to the simple question ‘What do you think of the proposed extension to 42 Days?’

It is a measure of the unpopularity of the proposed legislation that not a single writer declined to contribute on the grounds that they in fact supported it. Whereas 42 of the best novelists, essayists, memoirists, poets and journalists around sent us the uniquely powerful contributions you will read on this site.

We would like to thank all of the writers involved, as well as the site designer Richard McCoy and the staff of Liberty.

There are plenty of ways you can continue to support Liberty's work and campaigns. Please begin by reading these wonderful pieces of writing, and to find out more about Charge or Release, just visit www.chargeorrelease.com. With your help, should this or any future government try again, they can rest assured that Liberty will be ready and waiting.

Hari Kunzru
Simon Prosser
Anya Serota

October 2008