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COVID-19 has Deepened Our Dependence on Surveillance Technology

COVID-19 has Deepened Our Dependence on Surveillance Technology

By | November 24, 2020 at 10:03 pm

Largely without public debate – and absent any new safeguards – we’ve become even more dependent on a technological ecosystem that is notoriously insecure, poorly regulated, highly invasive and prone to serial abuse.

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Regulate Social Media – In a Way That Makes Sense

Regulate Social Media – In a Way That Makes Sense

By | November 24, 2020 at 10:03 pm

There is a widespread belief that social media companies do not care about these problems and have resisted every attempt by government to regulate them. But that is not always the case

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Iran: PEN Welcomes Temporary Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh

Iran: PEN Welcomes Temporary Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh

By | November 12, 2020 at 11:44 am

PEN is delighted to learn of the temporary release of prominent Iranian writer, lawyer and human rights activist, Nasrin Sotoudeh, on November 7,  2020.

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer | IRAN: Sedigeh Vasmaghi

Day of the Imprisoned Writer | IRAN: Sedigeh Vasmaghi

By | November 12, 2020 at 11:34 am

Sedigeh Vasmaghi is a theologian, poet, writer, and women’s rights activist who has written on a broad sweep of theological, political and social issues. She is highly regarded in Iran and abroad for her commentary on Islamic jurisprudence in Iran. In August 2020, Vasmaghi was sentenced to one year in prison for signing a petition […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer | PERU: Paola Ugaz

Day of the Imprisoned Writer | PERU: Paola Ugaz

By | November 12, 2020 at 11:32 am

Paola Ugaz is a Peruvian investigative journalist, editor and writer. She is facing a campaign of legal harassment, threats, and defamation lawsuits due to her investigations into acts of corruption, as well as physical, psychological and sexual abuse within the Peruvian religious organization Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana, which she has been investigating since 2010.

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer | UGANDA: Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Day of the Imprisoned Writer | UGANDA: Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

By | November 12, 2020 at 11:30 am

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is a Ugandan novelist and journalist. He is the author of The Greedy Barbarians, a novel which explores themes of high-level corruption in a fictional country.

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer | CHINA: Chimengül Awut

Day of the Imprisoned Writer | CHINA: Chimengül Awut

By | November 12, 2020 at 11:28 am

Chimengül Awut is an editor and poet from Kashgar, southern Xinjiang. At the time of her detention, Chimengül worked as an editor at the Kashgar Publishing House in Xinjiang.

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer | TURKEY: Osman Kavala

Day of the Imprisoned Writer | TURKEY: Osman Kavala

By | November 12, 2020 at 11:26 am

Osman Kavala is a publisher, civil and cultural rights activist and philanthropist working toward peace, human rights, and democracy in Turkey.

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The Silence After Khashoggi

The Silence After Khashoggi

By | November 9, 2020 at 5:26 pm

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi continues to chill freedom of expression in the Middle East By Abdulrahman Matar Two years have passed since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi authorities have succeeded in exhausting the legal process through an official recognition of the crime and a mock […]

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Maria Saba Wins  PEN Canada-Humber College Scholarship

Maria Saba Wins PEN Canada-Humber College Scholarship

By | November 3, 2020 at 3:36 pm

Maria Saba is the recipient of the 2020 PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholarship, which provides peer mentorship to one member of PEN Canada’s Writers-in-Exile program each year.

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