It’s that time of year again, on Thursday, June 14, 2012, PEN Canada will be holding its AGM in the Upper Dining Room at the Faculty Club (41 Willcocks St.) at the University of Toronto.
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…
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.
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.
Legendary <em>New Yorker</em> writer Calvin Trillin and comedian, actor and author Seán Cullen discuss comedy, satire, and the legacy of Canada's great novelist and provocateur.
‘I can only be a writer if I can write freely, so in defending the right of writers to free expression, I am defending my own future … If you …
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.
“As a dentist I could only open one mouth at a time,” quipped Zarganar. “But when I tell jokes I open many mouths.”
“You can’t find a more end-to-end, sophisticated, low technology weapons system in the inventory,” warned Dallaire, noting that up to 40 percent of the combatants are young girls who oversee training and logistics as well as functioning as sex slaves for adult commanders.
PEN Canada welcomes the release of Maung Thura – the Burmese poet and comedian better known as ‘Zarganar’ – in an amnesty for several hundred prisoners in Myanmar. Zarganar is an Honorary Member of PEN Canada and the recipient of our 2008 One Humanity Award.