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India: Authorities must ensure swift and thorough investigation into murder of journalist

India: Authorities must ensure swift and thorough investigation into murder of journalist

By | June 23, 2015 at 7:38 am

PEN International, PEN Canada and PEN Delhi call on Indian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder of Sandeep Kothari and bring all perpetrators to justice.

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IRAN: Release Writer and Film Producer Mostafa Azizi

IRAN: Release Writer and Film Producer Mostafa Azizi

By | June 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Canadian permanent resident Mostafa Azizi, former chair of the Iran chapter of the International Animated Film Association, was detained by Iranian authorities on February 1, 2015, and is being held in Evin Prison. PEN Canada calls on the Government of Iran to drop all charges and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

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Saudi Arabia: Supreme Court Confirms Sentence of Editor Raif Badawi

Saudi Arabia: Supreme Court Confirms Sentence of Editor Raif Badawi

By | June 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm

On June 7, 2015, the Saudi Supreme Court confirmed the sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes imposed on editor Raif Badawi after his conviction for “insulting Islam” and “founding a liberal website.”

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Eritrea: Authorities must clarify fate of Dawit Isaak and other journalists

Eritrea: Authorities must clarify fate of Dawit Isaak and other journalists

By | June 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm

June 2, 2015 marks 5,000 days since the Swedish-Eritrean writer and journalist Dawit Isaak and nine other Eritrean journalists were arrested on unknown charges in September 2001. After 5,000 days without charge or trial, their whereabouts is still unknown.

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PEN calls on India to repeal laws that threaten free expression

PEN calls on India to repeal laws that threaten free expression

By | May 20, 2015 at 8:00 am

In a ground-breaking new report, PEN International, PEN Canada, and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, call on India to repeal overbroad and vaguely worded laws that enable censorship.

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Bangladesh: Murder of Third Secular Blogger Highlights Need for Better Protection

Bangladesh: Murder of Third Secular Blogger Highlights Need for Better Protection

By | May 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

In light of the murder of Bangladeshi writer, editor, and blogger Ananta Bijoy Das, PEN calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to swiftly and impartially investigate his death and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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Honduras: Two More Journalists Killed Ahead of UN Human Rights Review

Honduras: Two More Journalists Killed Ahead of UN Human Rights Review

By | May 6, 2015 at 3:03 pm

The murder of two more journalists in Honduras within 24 hours highlights the government’s failure to stem the ongoing wave of violence against the Honduran media.

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Bahrain: Drop all Charges Against Activist Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain: Drop all Charges Against Activist Nabeel Rajab

By | April 8, 2015 at 11:33 am

PEN calls on Bahrain to drop all charges against prominent activist and human rights defender Nabeel Rajab. His arrest, in response to his speaking out about an outbreak of violence at Central Prison in Bahrain, is another attempt to suppress his right to freedom of expression.

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India: Lift Ban on BBC film and Release Anyone Held for Screening It

India: Lift Ban on BBC film and Release Anyone Held for Screening It

By | March 11, 2015 at 9:44 am

The banning of the BBC film India’s Daughter is yet another example of the chilling climate of censorship in India, PEN International said today, as it urged the government to lift the ban immediately and release anyone arrested as result of screening the film.

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Saudi Arabia: Imprisoned Editor Raif Badawi may Face Death Penalty

Saudi Arabia: Imprisoned Editor Raif Badawi may Face Death Penalty

By | March 2, 2015 at 5:07 pm

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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