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Honorary Member Shi Tao released from prison

Honorary Member Shi Tao released from prison

By | September 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

PEN International is delighted to announce the news that Shi Tao, poet, journalist and member of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) has been released 15 months before the end of his 10-year sentence.

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Meet PEN Canada’s New President and Board Members

Meet PEN Canada’s New President and Board Members

By | September 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

On Thursday, Spetember 5th 2013 PEN held its Annual General meeting at the Faculty Club at the University of Toronto. Members discussed the work we have done through the year and voted on by-law changes. We also elected four new board members and a new president.

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PEN International Announces Shortlist for New Voices Award

PEN International Announces Shortlist for New Voices Award

By | August 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

On August 22nd, PEN International announced its inaugural New Voices Award shortlist. Claire Battershill, author of “The Collective Name of Ninjas”, has been shortlisted for the award and has been invited to read her work at the 79th annual PEN International Congress in Reykjavík.

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Book Raises Money, Awareness for PEN Canada

Book Raises Money, Awareness for PEN Canada

By | August 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Dominic Ali talks to Jennifer Lanthier, author of “The Stamp Collector”— a picture book Yann Martel described as “a darkly luminous tale about the power of stories and the bonds of empathy they can weave.”

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Canadian Makes PEN International’s New Voices Longlist

Canadian Makes PEN International’s New Voices Longlist

By | August 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

Congratulations to Claire Battershill on making the PEN International longlist for the New Voices Award.

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Liu Hui Receives 11-year Prison Sentence

Liu Hui Receives 11-year Prison Sentence

By | June 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

On June 9, 2013 Liu Hui, brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, was fined 20,000 yuan for fraud and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

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PEN Canada Concerned By Metadata Surveillance

PEN Canada Concerned By Metadata Surveillance

By | June 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

PEN Canada is seriously concerned by recent media reports which indicate that the government of Canada has continued to monitor the phone calls and online activity of Canadian citizens.

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PEN American Protests “Shocking” NSA Phone Surveillance

PEN American Protests “Shocking” NSA Phone Surveillance

By | June 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

On June 6, 2013, in response to media reports that that US National Security Agency was collecting data from the telephone calls of all Verizon Business customers, the PEN American Center released the following statement.

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Welcome Progress on Anti-SLAPP Legislation

Welcome Progress on Anti-SLAPP Legislation

By | June 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Philip Slayton, chair of PEN Canada’s National Affairs Committee, said, “It is time to stop lawsuits that have no intrinsic merit and are intended only to stifle free expression.”

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PEN Survey Results

PEN Survey Results

By | May 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

When presented with a number of issues in Canada and abroad, 80% of respondents reported they were very or extremely concerned about the silencing of Canadian scientists and 77% were very or extremely concerned about right to information and access to information laws in Canada.

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