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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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Free Seyoum Tsehaye

Free Seyoum Tsehaye

By | April 21, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Following the forced closure of Eritrea’s independent press and the mass arrests of journalists and political dissidents in September 2001, PEN Canada adopted ten Eritrean writers as Honorary Members. Seyoum Tsehaye, a TV and radio journalist remains in prison, without charge or trial, to this day.

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On Eritrea’s Future

On Eritrea’s Future

By | April 16, 2015 at 11:27 am

On January 6, 2015, 6 Eritrean journalists were released on bail after being imprisoned in 2009, when the government conducted a raid on journalists. Brendan de Caires interviewed Eritrean journalist and member of the PEN Writers in Exile Committee Aaron Berhane about the release and the implications for the country’s future.

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India’s Free Speech Debate is Alive and Well

India’s Free Speech Debate is Alive and Well

By | April 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

The Supreme Court of India’s landmark decision on Tuesday signals a move towards greater protection of free expression in the world’s largest democracy. But there is still much to do.

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From the Archives: A Writer’s Journey

From the Archives: A Writer’s Journey

By | March 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Martha Kumsa came to Canada in 1991. As a journalist from Ethiopia, she had been held in prison under atrocius conditions for nine years and eight months before being released in 1989 with the help of PEN Canada. The following is a reflection on fractured identity, from being Oromo, to Ethiopian, to a Black writer in Canada.

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Remembering José Armando

Remembering José Armando

By | February 12, 2015 at 9:56 am

In 2008, journalist Jose Armando was gunned down in front of his home as he prepared to drive his daughter to school in Juarez. He was one of eight journalists killed in 2008. Writer-in-exile Luis Najera remembers his time working with Armando at El Diaro Juarez.

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