PEN is deeply concerned by the continued pre-trial detention of the Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, arrested on December 5, 2014 and placed in pre-trial detention for two months on suspicion of inciting another journalist’s attempted suicide.
According to unconfirmed reports, the case against imprisoned editor Raif (or Raef) Badawi has been referred to the supreme court amidst international condemnation of his flogging.
PEN Canada joins human rights groups around the world in condemning the public flogging of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. Mr. Badawi will reportedly receive the first 50 of the 1,000 lashes to which he has been sentenced for “insulting Islam” after Friday prayers on January 9, 2015.
The Honduran authorities must stop their judicial harassment of journalist Julio Ernesto Alvarado, a founding member of PEN Honduras.
PEN International is urging its members and supporters to write to the Honduran authorities about the case of journalist, and founding member of PEN Honduras, Julio Ernesto Alvarado.
Julio Ernesto Alvarado, appeared with other journalists and PEN Honduras members before the Constitutional Section of the Supreme Court in a final attempt to fight the reinstatement of a 16-month ban on practising journalism.
On Oct. 1, 2014, PEN Honduras was formally welcomed as a PEN Centre. Sadly, this occasion was marred by news that a 16-month media ban was handed down to founding member Julio Ernesto Alvarado.
Turkish writer, journalist and publisher Erol Özkoray has been handed a suspended sentence of 11 months and 20 days in prison for defaming the current President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a book about the 2013 Gezi Park protests.
The Urumqi People’s Intermediate Court found Tohti guilty of “separatism” after a two-day trial that ended last week and sentenced him to life imprisonment and confiscation of all his property.
PEN is shocked by the murders of journalists Herlyn Iván Espinal Martínez, Nery Francisco Soto Torres and Dagoberto Díaz Suárez, killed July 20, Aug. 14 and Aug. 23 respectively.