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Georgia: Poet and Rights Activist Arrested, Physically Abused and Facing Trial

Georgia: Poet and Rights Activist Arrested, Physically Abused and Facing Trial

By | January 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm

On 25 December 2015 Georgian poet and activist Irakli Kakabadze, was arrested and injured during a peaceful demonstration.

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Remembering Hrant Dink – A Landmark in History

Remembering Hrant Dink – A Landmark in History

By | January 19, 2016 at 11:16 am

Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran reflects on the anniversary of Hrant Dink’s assassination.

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The Reading Map: PEN Centres’ 2015 Highlights

The Reading Map: PEN Centres’ 2015 Highlights

By | January 11, 2016 at 10:31 am

English PEN asked PEN Centres around the world to share what they most loved reading in 2015, and what campaigns they’re running in 2016. From Canada to Croatia to Kenya, these are the 2015 literary highlights according to PEN!

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Free Expression Matters: Political Activity Audits

Free Expression Matters: Political Activity Audits

By | January 7, 2016 at 11:22 am

In this third instalment of Free Expression Matters we look at the Canada Revenue Agency’s practice of auditing charities for “political activity”.

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Writing from Exile: Catching Up with Eden Eyasu

Writing from Exile: Catching Up with Eden Eyasu

By | December 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm

PEN staff caught up with Eden Eyasu as she nears the midpoint of her residency at George Brown.

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Who Gets Left Out of Ontario’s Public Participation Act?

Who Gets Left Out of Ontario’s Public Participation Act?

By | December 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm

PEN Canada staff spoke to Phil Demers and Temara Brown about their ongoing struggles for their right to free expression.

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Free Expression Matters: Public Servants & Government Policy

Free Expression Matters: Public Servants & Government Policy

By | December 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm

A briefing on public servants’ ability to critique federal policy in light of new directives from Canada’s freshly elected government.

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2015

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2015

By | December 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm

John Ralston Saul, Katherine Govier, Andrew Pyper, Yann Martel, Linwood Barclay and John Valliant put pen to paper for three imprisoned writers: Raif Badawi, Khadija Ismayilova and Eskinder Nega.

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Closing Letter from John Ralston Saul

Closing Letter from John Ralston Saul

By | November 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

Canadian writer John Ralston Saul began his term as president of PEN International in October 2009. The first Canadian to hold this post, his tenure focused on endangered and indigenous languages, the connection between literature and freedom of expression, and the further decentralization of PEN. The following is Saul’s final letter to the PEN membership […]

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Linwood Barclay Writes to Eskinder Nega

Linwood Barclay Writes to Eskinder Nega

By | November 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Linwood Barclay, author of Broken Promise and No Safe House, wrote this note to Ethiopian journalist and editor, Eskinder Nega.

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