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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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Call for Candidates – Treasurer at PEN Canada

Call for Candidates – Treasurer at PEN Canada

By | April 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm

PEN Canada welcomes applications for the voluntary position of Treasurer on our Board of Directors.

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Meet the Judges for the 2015 New Voices Award

Meet the Judges for the 2015 New Voices Award

By | April 15, 2015 at 4:55 pm

PEN Canada is currently accepting submissions for the third annual PEN International New Voices Award. The overall winner, who will be selected from winning submissions to national contests held by PEN centres around the world, will be published by PEN International and will receive a $1,000 prize.

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We’re Looking for a Communications Fellow!

We’re Looking for a Communications Fellow!

By | April 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm

We are looking for a dynamic and creative person to join our small team for a 12-month communications fellowship, supported by the RBC Foundation.

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PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

By | April 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

The PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize is given annually to an individual or institution in Canada who has demonstrated courage and integrity in the interest of freedom of expression. Nominations for this year’s award are invited from the public before May 7, 2015.

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TSO Should not Censor Ukrainian-Born Pianist Lisitsa

TSO Should not Censor Ukrainian-Born Pianist Lisitsa

By | April 8, 2015 at 11:37 am

PEN Canada deeply regrets the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s decision to cancel the April 8–9 appearances of Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa due to a controversy over her political views on the conflict in the Ukraine.

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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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Canada is in Need of Serious Access to Information Reform

Canada is in Need of Serious Access to Information Reform

By | March 31, 2015 at 5:12 pm

PEN Canada is concerned with the current access to information (ATI) system. We call on the government to initiate a comprehensive review of the ATI system.

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Can the Police Search my Phone?

Can the Police Search my Phone?

By | March 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

This Know Your Rights guide is intended to help you understand your rights if you are asked to show your phone to the police. It is the second in a series aimed at helping you understand your legal rights to free expression and privacy. The Know Your Rights series is partially funded by IFEX and is part of PEN Canada’s Canadian Issues program.

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We Should All Worry About Cellphone Searches

We Should All Worry About Cellphone Searches

By | March 15, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Bill Kowalski, chair of PEN’s Canadian Issues Committee writes about the implications of a recent ruling made by the Supreme Court that allows police to search search the cellphones of people under arrest without a warrant.

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