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Zimbabwe: Cybersecurity Bill Falls Short of International Standards

Zimbabwe: Cybersecurity Bill Falls Short of International Standards

By | July 21, 2020 at 3:18 pm

The government of Zimbabwe has developed a Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill that merges cybersecurity and data protection which suffers from a range of shortcomings. PEN International joins PEN America and human rights and civil society organizations in calling on the government of Zimbabwe to review the country’s proposed Bill to ensure it conforms to regional […]

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Singapore: Government Orders Removal of Critical Comments on Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic

Singapore: Government Orders Removal of Critical Comments on Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic

By | July 14, 2020 at 6:10 pm

PEN International is concerned by reports that legislation ostensibly intended to counter ‘fake news’ is being applied to remove legitimate commentary on the Singapore government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Singapore Government has issued a Correction Direction to several organizations, including the web-based media organizations, New Naratif and The Online Citizen Asia, under the […]

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United Kingdom: Release WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange

United Kingdom: Release WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange

By | July 9, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Today, PEN International with the Courage Foundation, English PEN, German PEN, PEN Melbourne, PEN Norway, PEN Perth, Sydney PEN and other civil society organizations sent an open letter calling for the release of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. “This indictment effectively opens the door to criminalizing activities that are vital to many investigative journalists who write […]

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Turkey: PEN and Global Organisations Deplore Block of Özgürüz and Can Dündar Harassment

Turkey: PEN and Global Organisations Deplore Block of Özgürüz and Can Dündar Harassment

By | June 29, 2020 at 5:52 pm

PEN International and 38 civil society organisations deplore the decision by a Turkish court to ban access to Germany-based online radio station Özgürüz (‘We Are Free’), which is headed by Can Dündar. We call on the Turkish authorities to reverse the decision, to stop the harassment of Dündar and to reform the country’s laws and judicial practice […]

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Virality and Surveillance: Protesting in the Digital Age

Virality and Surveillance: Protesting in the Digital Age

By | June 29, 2020 at 5:10 pm

Ahead of the “Platforms of Distortion” panel discussion hosted by the Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson, PEN’s Communications Intern, Kayla Chhin interviewed Matt Bailey, PEN America’s Digital Freedom Program Director.  Kayla Chhin: On Twitter, you said that “In 2020, refusing to amplify disinfo is a crucial part of protest and dissent”. Misinformation and false […]

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Russia: PEN Deplores Conviction of Theatre Maker Serebrennikov

Russia: PEN Deplores Conviction of Theatre Maker Serebrennikov

By | June 29, 2020 at 1:42 pm

PEN International and Moscow PEN deplore today’s decision by the Moscow Meshchansky Court to convict Kirill Serebrennikov of large-scale fraud in relation to his alleged embezzling of state funds. He was convicted to a three-year suspended prison sentence as well as a sizeable fine and restitution of the alleged damages. ‘Serebrennikov’s conviction is an affront […]

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India: Scroll.in Journalists Under Scrutiny for COVID-19 Interview

India: Scroll.in Journalists Under Scrutiny for COVID-19 Interview

By | June 25, 2020 at 11:08 am

PEN International joins PEN Delhi in concerns over reports of a First Information Report (FIR) being lodged on 18 June 2020 against senior journalist Supriya Sharma, executive editor at Scroll.in, and its chief editor, Naresh Fernandes, who is not named in the FIR. Ms. Sharma recently wrote a series of articles about the impact of the nationwide lockdown […]

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Turkey: Immediately Release Political Prisoners

Turkey: Immediately Release Political Prisoners

By | June 25, 2020 at 11:04 am

PEN International, English PEN and Turkish PEN joined the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and five other international human rights organizations in calling on the international community to take action and pressure Turkey to release tens of thousands of political prisoners who have been deliberately left out of COVID-19 prison releases: Amidst this pandemic, […]

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Cuba: Global Support for Petition Declaring Cuba’s Decree-Law 370 Unconstitutional

Cuba: Global Support for Petition Declaring Cuba’s Decree-Law 370 Unconstitutional

By | June 18, 2020 at 11:26 am

The undersigned organizations and media outlets support the petition presented on June 8, PEN in Cuba before the National Assembly, the State Council, the Supreme Court, the Office of the Attorney General, and the President of the Republic declaring 2019’s Decree-Law 370 unconstitutional.[1] The 64 people who signed the petition did so on behalf of […]

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Philippines: Maria Ressa Sentence a Threat to Media Freedom

Philippines: Maria Ressa Sentence a Threat to Media Freedom

By | June 16, 2020 at 11:37 am

The sentence served today, June 15, against journalist and writer Maria Ressa, is a severe blow to freedom of expression in the Philippines, PEN International said today. Maria Ressa was sentenced by the Manila Regional Court to a prison term of between six months to six years on charges of ‘cybercrime’ for an article published […]

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