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A Tribute to Alison Gordon

PEN was saddened to hear of Alison Gordon’s passing on February 12, 2015. Notes poured in from former board members who wanted to share their thoughts, on the fierce, fiery, funny Alison.

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literary events

What are the New Threats to Free Speech?

What are the subtle and not so subtle ways free expression is hampered in Canada? Patrick Finn and Chris Turner discussed shifting terminology and simplistic soundbites in our first ever event in Calgary.

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Saudi Arabia: Imprisoned Editor Raif Badawi may Face Death Penalty

According to unconfirmed reports, Raif Badawi, who was sentenced by a Saudi Arabian court to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, a fine, and a 10-year travel ban may now face a retrial for ‘apostasy’ which could result in the death penalty if he is convicted.

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from the archives

From the Archives: Free Press has Obligations

In September, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten published editorial cartoons that satirized the prophet Mohammed. PEN Canada recommended restraint in order to create a space for critical debate, while defending the right to publish the cartoons.

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featured video

Video and Audio: Still Points in a Turning World

We are pleased to present the video highlights and full audio from Wade Davis and John Vaillant’s conversation on a writer’s role in a fast-changing world from our Spring Ideas in Dialogue event.

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