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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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Corruption, Impunity, Violence

Corruption, Impunity, Violence

By | March 15, 2015 at 4:29 pm

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.

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PEN International New Voices Award 2015

PEN International New Voices Award 2015

By | March 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm

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 The award aims to encourage new writing and to provide a space where young, unpublished writers can submit their work.

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Free as in Beer

Free as in Beer

By | March 10, 2015 at 4:15 pm

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.

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A Tribute to Alison Gordon

A Tribute to Alison Gordon

By | February 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

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.

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PEN Americas Summit: PEN Delegation in Honduras Calls for Greater Protection for Writers and Launches Award for Investigative Journalism

PEN Americas Summit: PEN Delegation in Honduras Calls for Greater Protection for Writers and Launches Award for Investigative Journalism

By | February 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

A PEN delegation arrived in Tegucigalpa this week to stand in solidarity with the recently established PEN Honduras Centre.

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PEN Canada Welcomes Release of Al-Jazeera Journalists

PEN Canada Welcomes Release of Al-Jazeera Journalists

By | February 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm

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.

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PEN Americas Summit 2015

PEN Americas Summit 2015

By | February 12, 2015 at 9:51 am

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.

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Reactions to the Charlie Hebdo shootings

Reactions to the Charlie Hebdo shootings

By | January 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm

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.

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