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Iraq: Murder of Prominent Iraqi Writer

Iraq: Murder of Prominent Iraqi Writer

By | February 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm

PEN strongly condemns the assassination of Alaa Mashthob Abboud, a well-known and award-winning Iraqi novelist who was shot dead on February 2, 2019 by an unknown armed group.

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Stories From the Caravan

Stories From the Caravan

By | January 16, 2019 at 3:48 pm

By Paola Gómez Restrepo, member of PEN Canada’s Writer-in-Exile Network and was the 2015 PEN Writer-in Residence at George Brown College.  I’d heard about the Caravan. I knew it had left Honduras on October 12, and grown dramatically as it passed through El Salvador and Guatemala. I waited for the stories from this exodus, hoping I’d […]

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Rashad Ramazanov Begins Hunger Strike in Support of Mehman Huseynov

Rashad Ramazanov Begins Hunger Strike in Support of Mehman Huseynov

By | January 15, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Rashad Ramazanov and other Azeri dissidents are joining Mehman Huseynov in a hunger strike.

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India: Intolerance Leads to Withdrawal of Speaking Invitation to Prominent Writer

India: Intolerance Leads to Withdrawal of Speaking Invitation to Prominent Writer

By | January 14, 2019 at 11:20 am

From PEN International January 10, 2019 – The withdrawal of Nayantara Sahgal’s invitation to deliver the inaugural address at the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan is indicative of the rising tide of intolerance limiting free expression in the country, said PEN International today. Literary festivals should be a forum for free debate and the exchange […]

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Oleg Sentsov awarded the 2018 Sakharov Prize

Oleg Sentsov awarded the 2018 Sakharov Prize

By | December 13, 2018 at 11:02 am

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani (middle) presents the award to Oleg Sentsov’s cousin Natalia Kaplan and his lawyer Dmitriy Dinze From PEN International Today, Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was awarded the prestigious European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Currently serving a 20-year prison sentence in Siberia on trumped-up terrorism charges, Oleg […]

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Six Years of Murder

Six Years of Murder

By | December 4, 2018 at 3:42 pm

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s six years in office have been the most violent on record for Mexico’s journalists.

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In Memory of Judith Rodríguez (1936-2018)

In Memory of Judith Rodríguez (1936-2018)

By | November 26, 2018 at 11:26 am

From PEN International: PEN International is deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, colleague and fearless defender of free expression, Judith Rodríguez. PEN International President, Jennifer Clement, said: ‘The news of Judith’s death is not just heartbreaking for PEN and its members, but also for me personally. I have lost a dear friend and confidant. Judith […]

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2019 PEN Gala Dinner with Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson, and Rick Mercer

2019 PEN Gala Dinner with Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson, and Rick Mercer

By | November 19, 2018 at 2:37 pm

PEN Canada pays tribute to the life and work of Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson in a conversation with Rick Mercer. Join PEN Canada as we honour literary power couple Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, founding members and past presidents of our centre. We’ll engage them in conversation about their early days with PEN — they […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Michael Redhill writes to Oleg Sentsov

Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Michael Redhill writes to Oleg Sentsov

By | November 15, 2018 at 11:44 am

For PEN’s 2018 Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Michael Redhill writes a letter to the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Rui Umezawa writes to Dawit Isaak

Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Rui Umezawa writes to Dawit Isaak

By | November 15, 2018 at 11:39 am

For PEN’s 2018 Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Toronto writer Rui Umezawa writes to the imprisoned Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak.

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