Fry To Snub Social Networking For New Amnesty International Campaign

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November 27, 2011 | 7:10pm EST

Actor/author Stephen Fry is turning his back on his beloved blog to pen a poignant letter to mark Amnesty International’s new campaign.
The star is a prolific social networking user, and keeps his fans up to date with his daily antics through regular tweets.

But the wordsmith has decided to return to using pen and paper as part of the charity’s Write for Rights campaign ahead of International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

Fry says, “I love texting, tweeting, blogging and emailing as much, if not more, than the next person, but there are some occasions when nothing, but nothing, can replace the power of the hand-written letter. Over the years I’ve followed and tried to support the unique and astoundingly important work of Amnesty International.

“Hand written letters, politely but passionately putting the case for prisoners of conscience, addressed to ambassadors, prime ministers, presidents and monarchs of countries where restrictions on freedom of speech have resulted in prisoners of conscience, these can work surprisingly well.”