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Uzbekistan: PEN Welcomes Release of Muhammad Bekjanov

Uzbekistan: PEN Welcomes Release of Muhammad Bekjanov

By | February 24, 2017 at 9:37 am

PEN welcomes the release of prominent Uzbek journalist Muhammad Bekjanov who spent 18 years in prison on politically-motivated charges

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Kyrgyzstan: Court Upholds Life-Sentence of Azimjon Askarov

Kyrgyzstan: Court Upholds Life-Sentence of Azimjon Askarov

By | January 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Kyrgyz authorities should immediately and unconditionally release journalist and human rights activist Azimjon Askarov.

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Egypt: Writer Ahmed Naji Released but Faces Appeal Hearing in January

Egypt: Writer Ahmed Naji Released but Faces Appeal Hearing in January

By | December 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm

The long overdue decision by the Cairo Court of Cassation to order the release of novelist and journalist Ahmed Naji is a welcome step.

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Malaysia: Harassment of Cartoonist Escalates

Malaysia: Harassment of Cartoonist Escalates

By | December 5, 2016 at 3:22 pm

The Malaysian authorities must drop all charges and end the harassment against cartoonist Zunar for peacefully exercising his right to free expression.

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Kazakhstan: Arrest of President of Kazakh PEN Club

Kazakhstan: Arrest of President of Kazakh PEN Club

By | November 17, 2016 at 10:59 am

Journalist Bigeldy Gabdullin, the President of the Kazakh PEN Club, has been arrested in connection with alleged extortion.

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Turkey: Chokehold On Free Expression Tightens

Turkey: Chokehold On Free Expression Tightens

By | October 31, 2016 at 11:35 am

Turkey has closed 15 more media outlets, raided the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet and detained 14 of its senior employees. 

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Letter: PEN Canada to UNFCCC re: Rebel News Network

Letter: PEN Canada to UNFCCC re: Rebel News Network

By | October 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm

PEN Canada urges the UNFCCC secretariat to reconsider its position with respect to “advocacy media.”

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PEN Canada’s Laura Legge Wins PEN International’s New Voices Award

PEN Canada’s Laura Legge Wins PEN International’s New Voices Award

By | October 3, 2016 at 1:46 pm

Laura Legge, Toronto-based writer and PEN Canada’s pick for the PEN International New Voices competition has taken top prize.

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PEN Report on India Reveals Culture of Stifling Dissent

PEN Report on India Reveals Culture of Stifling Dissent

By | September 19, 2016 at 8:32 am

An inefficient legal system and what amounts to unchecked abuse of vague and overbroad legislation have contributed to a chilling effect on free speech within India’s society and throughout its public sphere.

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PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize awarded to Raihan Abir

PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize awarded to Raihan Abir

By | September 13, 2016 at 9:00 am

Author and blogger Raihan Abir will receive the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize at the PEN Canada benefit at the International Festival of Authors, October 22.

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