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Liu Hui Receives 11-year Prison Sentence

Liu Hui Receives 11-year Prison Sentence

By | June 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

On June 9, 2013 Liu Hui, brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, was fined 20,000 yuan for fraud and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

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PEN Canada Concerned By Metadata Surveillance

PEN Canada Concerned By Metadata Surveillance

By | June 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

PEN Canada is seriously concerned by recent media reports which indicate that the government of Canada has continued to monitor the phone calls and online activity of Canadian citizens.

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PEN American Protests “Shocking” NSA Phone Surveillance

PEN American Protests “Shocking” NSA Phone Surveillance

By | June 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

On June 6, 2013, in response to media reports that that US National Security Agency was collecting data from the telephone calls of all Verizon Business customers, the PEN American Center released the following statement.

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Welcome Progress on Anti-SLAPP Legislation

Welcome Progress on Anti-SLAPP Legislation

By | June 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Philip Slayton, chair of PEN Canada’s National Affairs Committee, said, “It is time to stop lawsuits that have no intrinsic merit and are intended only to stifle free expression.”

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PEN Survey Results

PEN Survey Results

By | May 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

When presented with a number of issues in Canada and abroad, 80% of respondents reported they were very or extremely concerned about the silencing of Canadian scientists and 77% were very or extremely concerned about right to information and access to information laws in Canada.

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Ruling by Ethiopia’s Supreme Court in Eskinder Nega Case Another Missed Opportunity

Ruling by Ethiopia’s Supreme Court in Eskinder Nega Case Another Missed Opportunity

By | May 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

Human rights and freedom of expression groups, including English PEN, the PEN American Center, PEN Canada condemned the decision by the Ethiopian Supreme Court upholding the 18-year sentence imposed against independent journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega.

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Set Culture Free: Creativity and Constraint in Today’s China

Set Culture Free: Creativity and Constraint in Today’s China

By | May 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

PEN International presents its findings on the ongoing threats to individual writers and journalists in China, and an assessment of the climate for freedom of expression in the world’s most populous state.

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Stephen King and Owen King to Headline PEN Canada Benefit

Stephen King and Owen King to Headline PEN Canada Benefit

By | April 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

Thirty-nine years, 50 books, and 350 million copies into his literary career, Stephen King will discuss the writing life with his son, first-time novelist Owen King on the opening night of the 34th International Festival of Authors.

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Historic Joy Kogawa House residency awarded to Ava Homa

Historic Joy Kogawa House residency awarded to Ava Homa

By | April 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Kurdish Iranian author Ava Homa, a PEN Canada Writer-in-Exile, has been chosen as the next writer-in-residence at Vancouver’s Historic Joy Kogawa House.

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PEN Canada concerned by proposed City Hall amendments

PEN Canada concerned by proposed City Hall amendments

By | April 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

In a letter to City Hall, PEN Canada voices concern regarding proposed revisions to the City of Toronto’s anti-discrimination policy and funding conditions for grant applications.

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