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1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think

1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think

By | September 1, 2015 at 3:00 am

Excerpt from the book 1000 Lashes, by Raif Badawi, published in 2015 by Greystone Books

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The Real Amy Smith

The Real Amy Smith

By | August 7, 2015 at 11:22 am

We caught up with our RBC Communications Fellow learn a bit more about her interest in PEN, free expression, and literature.

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Reddit and Free Speech

Reddit and Free Speech

By | August 7, 2015 at 10:22 am

A brief guide for anyone who would like to understand Reddit, and how the site may impact free speech standards online.

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To Bishkek and Back: PEN International’s 80th World Congress

To Bishkek and Back: PEN International’s 80th World Congress

By | August 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

PEN Canada Vice-President Grace Westcott reflects on her time at the 80th PEN International World Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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A Lonely Journey: Support for Refugee Writers

A Lonely Journey: Support for Refugee Writers

By | August 7, 2015 at 9:40 am

One journalist’s account of what PEN Canada’s support meant to him during his refugee hearing.

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How to Sway Riyadh to Free Badawi

How to Sway Riyadh to Free Badawi

By | July 2, 2015 at 11:51 am

PEN Canada president, Randy Boyagoda, reflects on the Saudi bid to head the UN Human Rights Council and how freeing Raif Badawi could impact the Kingdom’s international reputation.

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Honduras: The Process of American Remilitarization and the Failure of the War on Drugs

Honduras: The Process of American Remilitarization and the Failure of the War on Drugs

By | June 25, 2015 at 5:34 pm

In the early hours of June 28, 2009, President Manuel Zelaya, dressed in pyjamas, was seized by a squad of hooded soldiers that had been tactically trained by US Special Forces.

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Bill C-51 is a Threat to Reconciliation

Bill C-51 is a Threat to Reconciliation

By | June 22, 2015 at 9:17 am

No ethnic or social group in the history of Canada has been as monitored, legislated, disenfranchised and had their freedoms curtailed as indigenous peoples.

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A Small Step for Honduran Journalists

A Small Step for Honduran Journalists

By | May 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

Photo: Fred Alvarado, winner of the inaugural Escribir Sin Miedo competition, with his award. On Tuesday, May 25, 2015 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, PEN Canada and PEN Honduras presented Fred Alvarado with the inaugural Escribir sin Miedo Prize for investigative/public interest journalism. PEN Canada Writers in Prison Committee Chair, Jim Creskey, reflects on his October 2014 trip […]

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From the Archives: A Report on the Eli Langer Trial

From the Archives: A Report on the Eli Langer Trial

By | May 13, 2015 at 11:49 am

In October 1993, PEN Canada’s Writer in Prison chair, Marian Botsford Fraser, attended and reported on the trial of Eli Langer, an artist whose works were seized on the basis of a newly amended definition of child pornography that was extended to include any visual representation of a person under the age of 18 engaged in “explicit sexual activity”.

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