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Connecting and Sharing Stories in the Community

Connecting and Sharing Stories in the Community

By | June 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’ve placed an empty chair for the imprisoned Uighur writer Nurmuhemmet Yasin – sentenced to ten years in a Chinese prison in 2004 for writing a short story. I tell them The Stamp Collector grew out of advocacy work I was doing on his behalf for PEN Canada.

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Quebec’s Bill 78 Poses a Serious Threat to Freedom of Expression

Quebec’s Bill 78 Poses a Serious Threat to Freedom of Expression

By | May 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

“Its penalties are draconian and disproportionate…The reported mass arrests in Quebec suggest that the authorities have been given too much latitude to interpret and enforce this new law. Legislatively, it’s the equivalent of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.”

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PEN Canada on Bill 78 and Freedom of Expression

PEN Canada on Bill 78 and Freedom of Expression

By | May 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

PEN Canada considers Bill 78 to be overreaching, containing provisions that go beyond what is necessary to ensure that assemblies and demonstrations by students and others are peaceful. As such, PEN believes the Bill indirectly limits freedom of expression and asks the Government of Québec to reconsider this legislation.

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Same Message, Different Medium

Same Message, Different Medium

By | May 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

This year, PEN International is celebrating the rights of all citizens on Press Freedom Day. As always, we champion the rights of media organizations and journalists to safe, uncensored reporting and publication and pay tribute to those who have been killed and disappeared. But we celebrate especially the rights of all citizens to untrammelled access to information and truth…

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Meet PEN Canada’s New Executive Director

Meet PEN Canada’s New Executive Director

By | May 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Who is defined as a writer today? How do we advocate most effectively in an online world? How can we create a national conversation about freedom of expression? The internet has meant that though ideas can spread further and more quickly than ever before, there are also more opportunities than ever for free speech to be curtailed.

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Jiang Weiping on Bo Xilai

Jiang Weiping on Bo Xilai

By | April 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Bo Xilai, the former boss of the Chongqing Communist Party, was recently sacked after a corruption scandal involving his family. Jiang Weiping, an Honorary Member of PEN Canada, is a Chinese journalist who served a six year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power” after he published an exposé of Bo’s corruption more than a decade ago.

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PEN Canada Speaks Up for Silenced Scientists

PEN Canada Speaks Up for Silenced Scientists

By | April 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

“We cannot expect Canadian scientists to work productively for the greater good at home, or exert Canadian influence abroad, if their work is routinely subordinated to the demands of political messaging. If this is not the case, the government should offer a plausible explanation for its actions.”

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Worldwide Reading for Liu Xiaobo – March 20, 2012

Worldwide Reading for Liu Xiaobo – March 20, 2012

By | March 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm

March 20, 2012 – PEN International Writers in Prison Chair, Marian Botsford Fraser and Honorary PEN Canada member, Jiang Weiping join over 200 people, groups and organizations in 165 cities in 41 countries in honoring Nobel Peace prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo by reading from his work.

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Mexican Senate Votes to Federalize Crimes Against Journalists

Mexican Senate Votes to Federalize Crimes Against Journalists

By | March 14, 2012 at 10:06 am

This amendment was the focus of our recent delegation to Mexico City, and in particular of our conversation with the President of the Senate and other Senators. Its passage is a very important step in the reforming of Mexican law to make it serve the freedom of expression of Mexican writers and Mexican citizens as a whole.

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Conversations with Zarganar: An Afternoon with a Burmese Dissident

Conversations with Zarganar: An Afternoon with a Burmese Dissident

By | March 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

“As a dentist I could only open one mouth at a time,” quipped Zarganar. “But when I tell jokes I open many mouths.”

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