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.
Exploring Isaiah Berlin’s ideas in changing world On Sept. 22, 2011 a sold-out crowd attended Liberty and the Arab Spring at the George Ignatieff theatre in Toronto. The event, co-hosted …