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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Nedim Türfent

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Nedim Türfent

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

News editor, reporter and poet Nedim Türfent is serving an eight-year-and-nine-month prison sentence on trumped-up terrorism charges following an unfair trial, during which 19 witnesses said they had been tortured into testifying against him. Arrested in May 2016 after covering military clashes in the predominantly Kurdish Southeast of Turkey, Nedim Türfent spent almost two years […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Stella Nyanzi

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Stella Nyanzi

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Ugandan academic, writer and activist Dr. Stella Nyanzi is currently serving an 18-month sentence for ‘cyber harassment’, in relation to a poem she wrote on Facebook in September 2018 criticising Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni (and his mother). Dr. Nyanzi has served almost 11 months of her sentence. Dr. Nyanzi has lodged an appeal against her […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Shakthika Sathkumara

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Shakthika Sathkumara

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Award-winning writer and poet, Shakthika Sathkumara, faces legal proceedings that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, should the Attorney General decide to press charges. On 1 April 2019, Sathkumara was detained pending a police investigation into allegations that his short story ‘Ardha’ (‘Half’) incited religious hatred. Sathkumara spent over 120 […]

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PEN President Emeritus John Ralston Saul Speaks at Kings College London

PEN President Emeritus John Ralston Saul Speaks at Kings College London

By | October 31, 2019 at 1:38 pm

On October 16, 2019, PEN International President Emeritus John Ralston Saul received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from King’s College London. Saul spoke on behalf of all honorary graduates at the ceremony at King’s on October 16th. The other honorary graduates included Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from […]

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‘We Are Not Alone’: A Message From Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Family

‘We Are Not Alone’: A Message From Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Family

By | October 31, 2019 at 1:38 pm

by Amy Mallia, Daphne’s niece I was at school the day my aunt, Daphne Caruana Galizia, was assassinated. In class I was asked what I’d like to be in the future. I remember saying without hesitation that I’d like to be a journalist like my aunt, only to go home a few hours later and find […]

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Hiring Now: Full-Time Office Manager

Hiring Now: Full-Time Office Manager

By | October 29, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Office Manager at PEN Canada Reporting to the executive director, the office manager is responsible for the smooth running of the PEN Canada office including administration, basic bookkeeping, IT & database management, and other duties as they arise. The right person will be able to handle a wide range of administrative and executive support tasks, […]

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Public Libraries and Freedom of Expression

Public Libraries and Freedom of Expression

By | October 28, 2019 at 11:04 am

As a writers’ organization that supports freedom of expression in all its forms, PEN Canada considers the Toronto Public Library an important ally. Its rental policy recognizes the necessity of barring the use of Library premises from “any individual or group … for a purpose that is likely to promote, or would have the effect […]

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Turkey/Syria: Media and Journalists Under Attack

Turkey/Syria: Media and Journalists Under Attack

By | October 18, 2019 at 10:58 am

PEN International strongly condemns attacks against journalists and the ongoing media crackdown following Turkey’s offensive in Northern Syria, and calls on all parties to protect journalists from harm and to uphold the rights to freedom of expression and opinion. On October 9, 2019, the Turkish armed forces started bombing parts of Northern Syria, controlled by Kurdish-led […]

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Margaret Atwood Wins Second Booker Prize

Margaret Atwood Wins Second Booker Prize

By | October 15, 2019 at 8:08 pm

PEN Canada celebrates Margaret Atwood’s second Booker Prize for “The Testaments” the long-awaited sequel to her 1985 dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Atwood shared the award with Bernardine Evaristo, author of “Girl, Woman, Other,” and the first black woman to win the Booker. 

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PEN Canada Condemns Handke Nobel Prize 

PEN Canada Condemns Handke Nobel Prize 

By | October 15, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Adding its voice to statements from PEN America and PEN International, PEN Canada today called the Swedish Academy’s choice to award Peter Handke a Nobel prize for literature “baffling and deeply regrettable.”

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