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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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Cuba: Immediately Release Poet and Journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces

Cuba: Immediately Release Poet and Journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces

By | June 11, 2020 at 10:38 am

PEN International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of poet, lawyer and independent journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces. In April 2019, he was detained while he was covering a trial for news website CubaNet. Quiñones Haces was released five days later and fined for conduct during his detention allegedly constituting ‘disobedience’ and ‘resistance’. After refusing […]

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USA: Authorities Must Condemn Violence Against Journalists and Safeguard Their Right to Work

USA: Authorities Must Condemn Violence Against Journalists and Safeguard Their Right to Work

By | June 9, 2020 at 10:25 am

Mass protests have broken out in every state following the killing of security guard George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. During these protests, police forces have arrested more than a dozen journalists, and at least 140 attacks against journalists, perpetrated overwhelmingly by police forces, have been reported. We urge President Donald Trump to condemn these acts […]

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Turkey: PEN Joins Call for Greater Transparency from Turkey’s Public Ad Agency

Turkey: PEN Joins Call for Greater Transparency from Turkey’s Public Ad Agency

By | June 9, 2020 at 10:21 am

Today, PEN International, Danish PEN, English PEN, German PEN, Norwegian PEN, PEN America, PEN Canada, Swedish PEN and PEN Turkey joined the International Press Institute (IPI) and 10 other international press freedom and freedom of expression groups in a joint public letter sent to the General Director of Turkey’s Public Advertising Agency (BIK), which is […]

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The Burden of Exile

The Burden of Exile

By | May 29, 2020 at 8:20 pm

Aaron Berhane, an award-winning journalist and publisher, is the recipient of the 2019 PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholarship and acting Chair of PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile Committee. He was co-founder and editor-in-chief of Setit, Eritrea’s first and largest independent newspaper, until September 2001 when it was shut down during a government crackdown. Berhane lived […]

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Mexico: Government Must Protect Journalists and Eliminate Discourse That Stigmatizes Media

Mexico: Government Must Protect Journalists and Eliminate Discourse That Stigmatizes Media

By | May 19, 2020 at 12:36 pm

London, May 18, 2020.- The assassination of Jorge Miguel Armenta Ávalos, director of El Tiempo newspaper; threats against the newspaper Reforma; the recent investigations of Notimex; and stigmatizing comments about media and journalists by the authorities demonstrate the insecurity in which journalists live in Mexico, said PEN International and PEN Centres in Guadalajara and San Miguel de Allende. On […]

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