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