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PEN Condemns Prosecution of Publisher Gui Minhai

London, February 25, 2020 – The conviction and sentencing of Swedish-Chinese publisher Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison on charges of ‘providing intelligence’ abroad appears to be in retaliation for his work as a publisher and in response to international calls for his freedom, said PEN International today, as it called on the Chinese authorities […]

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literary events

Media Conference: The Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial Unveiling Ceremony

Amnesty International PEN Canada Toronto Association for Democracy in China Toronto – July 30, 2019 Media Conference Advisory The Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial Unveiling Ceremony Date: Thursday August 1, 2019 Time: 1 pm Place: Oakham Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre 2nd Floor, 63 Gould Street, Toronto Amnesty International, PEN Canada and Toronto Association for Democracy […]

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Turkey: Joint Statement Following Gezi Park’s Third Trial Hearing

The following freedom of expression and media freedom organizations, strongly condemn the court’s interim decision on the Gezi Park trial to continue the detention of civil society leading figure Osman Kavala at the end of the third hearing of the case, on October 8, 2019.

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Book Balls, Fox-Trots, and Boeuf Bordelaise: The Early History of PEN International

PEN emerged during a moment of postwar optimism regarding the potential of human fellowship to overcome the contingencies of geopolitical power.

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