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Reimagining Democracy – Q&A with Hendrik Hertzberg

Reimagining Democracy – Q&A with Hendrik Hertzberg

By | April 23, 2013 at 2:42 pm

PEN Canada asked Hendrik Hertzberg, why it has become so difficult to rein in vested interests in the United States, and to overcome Constitutional hurdles to progressive legislation on gun control, healthcare and campaign finance reform.

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Reinventing the Book – A Q&A with Hugh McGuire

Reinventing the Book – A Q&A with Hugh McGuire

By | April 8, 2013 at 10:43 am

Books have never been individual pursuits. There are editors and put-upon friends, colleagues, trusted advisors, agents, mothers and fathers, workshoppers, copyeditors, proofreaders, designers … all of whom influence what book is finally published. No writer is an island.

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Forbidden Reading

Forbidden Reading

By | April 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

Mark Johnston, director of documentary “Forbidden Reading,” speaks with PEN Canada about the project and some of the contemporary censorship issues addressed in the film.

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Fighting Impunity in Mexico

Fighting Impunity in Mexico

By | March 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

In March 2013, a small PEN delegation travelled to Mexico for the launch of the Mexican edition of The Dissident Blog, and to press the Mexican government for more action on impunity.

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Deep Freeze

Deep Freeze

By | March 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm

PEN Canada discusses libel chill with the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee researcher Franklin Carter..

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Defending Tom Flanagan

Defending Tom Flanagan

By | March 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Taken together, the hysterical pillorying of Tom Flanagan and the Supreme Court decision on William Whatcott do not bode well for a healthy climate of free speech in this country.

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Exiled, Guilty, and Hopeful

Exiled, Guilty, and Hopeful

By | March 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

I suffer ‘exile’s guilt’. The term probably doesn’t exist yet but I’m sure you know what I mean.

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Turkey’s Enigmatic Alliances

Turkey’s Enigmatic Alliances

By | March 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Following a visit to Turkey earlier this year, Kurdish Iraqi journalist Ayub Nuri considers Ankara’s support for Syrian rebel forces and its own record of silencing domestic dissent.

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International Women’s Day 2013

International Women’s Day 2013

By | March 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

Societies that have poor records of human rights seldom work hard to uphold women’s rights, a problem that can put female journalists and activists at a greater risk of violence…

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Bear – A Defence of Reading

Bear – A Defence of Reading

By | February 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

I am an enemy to the concept of “inappropriate” as here described, because it is a veiled form of an uglier – less “appropriate” – term, namely censorship

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