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PEN Canada Successfully Intervenes in Sec. 91 Challenge to Canada Elections Act

PEN Canada Successfully Intervenes in Sec. 91 Challenge to Canada Elections Act

By | February 24, 2021 at 12:01 pm

PEN Canada has successfully intervened before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the Canadian Constitution Foundation’s (CCF) challenge to the constitutionality of section 91(1) of the Canada Elections Act.

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Bangladesh’s Embattled Bloggers:

Bangladesh’s Embattled Bloggers:

By | February 17, 2021 at 1:29 pm

As the trial for the killing of Avijit Roy reaches a verdict, a friend recalls the atmosphere at the Ekushey Book Fair a year after the iconic secularist was murdered.

Posted in: Blog, Profiles

Q&A with Maria Saba – 2020 PEN/Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholar

Q&A with Maria Saba – 2020 PEN/Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholar

By | January 19, 2021 at 8:20 am

Maria Saba is the 2020 PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholar. An Iran-born writer, storyteller and arts educator, Saba has published three books and over a hundred articles, interviews, and stories.

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Liu Xiaobo Anniversary Campaign

Liu Xiaobo Anniversary Campaign

By | December 4, 2020 at 2:03 pm

The Liu Xiaobo Anniversary Campaign will act as a commemoration of Liu Xiaobo’s life, his contribution to Chinese literature, and his selfless work promoting basic freedoms in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), while also highlighting the case of writers Gui Minhai, Chimengül Awut, Kunchok Tsephel, Yang Hengjun and Qin Yongmin who are currently detained by the PRC government.

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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.

Posted in: Campaigns

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