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Egypt: End The Prosecution of Writers Under Military Jurisdiction

Egypt: End The Prosecution of Writers Under Military Jurisdiction

By | May 3, 2019 at 4:44 pm

PEN International strongly condemns the apparent increasing use of military legislation and courts to prosecute writers in Egypt. Article 204 of the 2014 Constitution provides that civilians cannot stand trial before military courts except for crimes related to military sector. Furthermore, trying civilians by the military justice in Egypt contravenes Articles 9, 14 and 19 of the International […]

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Russia: New Laws Threaten Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom

Russia: New Laws Threaten Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom

By | May 3, 2019 at 4:44 pm

With the adoption of two new laws criminalising ‘insult’ to the state and the dissemination of ‘fake news’, as well as plans to increase government control of the Internet, the Russian authorities are imposing further, excessive restrictions on freedom of expression and undermining media freedom, PEN International, PEN Moscow and St Petersburg PEN said today. […]

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Nasrin Sotoudeh to Receive PEN Canada’s One Humanity Award

Nasrin Sotoudeh to Receive PEN Canada’s One Humanity Award

By | April 8, 2019 at 9:26 am

TORONTO (April 8, 2019) – Nasrin Sotoudeh, the Iranian human rights lawyer renowned for her defense of women’s and children’s rights, will receive the One Humanity award at PEN Canada’s annual gala on April 11, 2019 in Toronto. Sotoudeh, 56, who is currently in prison, was sentenced in March 2019 to 148 lashes and more […]

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Azerbaijan: Rashad Ramazanov pardoned after almost six years in prison

Azerbaijan: Rashad Ramazanov pardoned after almost six years in prison

By | March 26, 2019 at 10:42 am

PEN welcomes the release of Rashad Ramazanov, an Azerbaijani blogger and writer who was arrested on May 9, 2013 and sentenced to nine years in prison on fabricated charges of illegal possession and sale of drugs.

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Iran: Overturn Nasrin Sotoudeh’s sentence and release her immediately

Iran: Overturn Nasrin Sotoudeh’s sentence and release her immediately

By | March 20, 2019 at 10:20 am

PEN International joins Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish PEN centres in expressing deep concern for the well-being of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was handed over 38 years in prison and 148 lashes for national security-related offences.

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Meet the Judges for the 2019 New Voices Award

Meet the Judges for the 2019 New Voices Award

By | March 18, 2019 at 3:40 pm

PEN Canada is currently accepting submissions for the 2019 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award. The competition is for unpublished writers aged 17-30. The winner receives a $3,000 cash prize and mentorship from a distinguished Canadian writer. You can submit an entry here up to midnight of April 15, 2019 April 21 2019. This year the […]

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SOLD OUT: 2019 PEN Gala Dinner

SOLD OUT: 2019 PEN Gala Dinner

By | February 28, 2019 at 9:27 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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Zehra Doğan Released After Over 500 Days in Prison

Zehra Doğan Released After Over 500 Days in Prison

By | February 28, 2019 at 11:39 am

Artist and journalist Zehra Doğan was released yesterday from Tarsus prison in Mersin, Turkey, after serving over five hundred days behind bars. Doğan was given a prison sentence of two years, nine months and 22 days on a charge of ‘propagandising for a terrorist organisation’ for her work as a painter and journalist. Doğan should […]

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Call for Justice and Accountability of State Authorities on the Anniversary of the Murder of Ján Kuciak

Call for Justice and Accountability of State Authorities on the Anniversary of the Murder of Ján Kuciak

By | February 28, 2019 at 11:39 am

On behalf of the undersigned media freedom organisations, representing thousands of journalists and human rights activists across Europe, we urge the Slovak authorities to immediately start examining state responsibility in the failure to prevent the assassination of Ján Kuciak. Tomorrow marks a full year since journalist Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová were murdered in […]

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Call for Nominations: 2019 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

Call for Nominations: 2019 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

By | February 21, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Nominations sought for the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize Nominations for the 2019 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow prize are now open. The $1,000 annual prize is awarded to an individual or group that has advanced freedom of expression in Canada. The deadline for nominations is March 21, 2019. Previous winners of the prize include Raihan Abir and Desmond […]

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