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.
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.
On February 24, 2015 PEN representatives from Canada, Germany, Honduras and Mexico met with members of the Mexican Senate’s Comisión de Justicia. At the meeting, John Ralston Saul, President of PEN International made the following introductory remarks.
PEN Canada is now accepting submissions for the third annual PEN International New Voices Award. The award aims to encourage new writing and to provide a space where young, unpublished writers can submit their work.
This year, inspired by the objectives of Freedom to Read week, students from the newly formed University of King’s College and Dalhousie PEN centre arranged for a bookmobile to visit communities with limited access to books.
PEN was saddened to hear of Alison Gordon’s passing on February 12, 2015. Notes poured in from former board members who wanted to share their thoughts, on the fierce, fiery, funny Alison.
A PEN delegation arrived in Tegucigalpa this week to stand in solidarity with the recently established PEN Honduras Centre.
PEN Canada welcomes the release on bail of Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and renews its call on Egypt’s authorities to drop all charges against the journalists and to order their unconditional release.
In response to increasing concerns over the state of freedom of expression and crimes against journalists in Central America and Mexico, PEN International is holding a major summit in the region to establish a strategy to combat impunity and attacks against journalists from the 13-24 of February 2015.
Despite nearly universal condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo killings, writers and bloggers have reached widely differing conclusions when revisiting conventional justifications of freedom of expression in the wake of the shootings. This piece represents the array of views presented on the Internet.