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Liu Xiaobo Memorial Unveiled

Liu Xiaobo Memorial Unveiled

By | August 14, 2019 at 11:20 am

On August 13, 100 people attended the unveiling ceremony of the Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial outside Amnesty International Canada’s Ottawa headquarters.

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Mexico: Attack On Writer and Journalist Exposes the Lack of Necessary Protection

Mexico: Attack On Writer and Journalist Exposes the Lack of Necessary Protection

By | August 6, 2019 at 12:47 pm

The attack on writer, journalist and activist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro on 21 July 2019 exposes once again the dangers of being a journalist in Mexico, as well as the urgent need to combat impunity.

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Brazil: International Call for Press Freedom Amidst Attacks Against The Intercept Journalists

Brazil: International Call for Press Freedom Amidst Attacks Against The Intercept Journalists

By | August 1, 2019 at 9:52 am

The 26 press freedom and human rights organisations and media outlets named below strongly condemn the recent wave of attacks and threats against the investigative news website The Intercept Brasil. We call on the authorities to ensure respect for the constitutionally guaranteed right of journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources. The attacks began on 9 June after The Intercept […]

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Rights Groups Call on New European Commission President to Prioritize Press Freedom

Rights Groups Call on New European Commission President to Prioritize Press Freedom

By | July 23, 2019 at 12:07 pm

Read the full text of the letter below:   July 19, 2019 European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen European Commission, Rue de la Loi 200, 1049 Brussels, Belgium Dear President von der Leyen, We are writing as members of the press freedom community to congratulate you on your appointment as President of the European Commission, […]

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2019 New Voices Award: Q&A with Noor Naga

2019 New Voices Award: Q&A with Noor Naga

By | July 19, 2019 at 10:01 am

Noor Naga is the winner of the 2019 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award for unpublished writers aged 17-30. The award, funded by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, includes a $3,000 cash prize and mentorship from a Canadian author. Pen Canada: You were born in Philadelphia, raised in Dubai, studied in Toronto, and currently live in […]

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Egypt: 500 Days Since Arrest of Poet Galal El-Behairy

Egypt: 500 Days Since Arrest of Poet Galal El-Behairy

By | July 17, 2019 at 3:23 pm

July 15 marks 500 days since the arrest of Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy. El-Behairy was sentenced for “insulting the military” and “spreading false news” on charges related to his latest book of poetry, ‘The Finest Women on Earth’. We call for his immediate and unconditional release, the quashing of his sentence, and for all charges against […]

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Q&A with Onder Deligoz, Winner of the 2018 Humber-PEN Writers-In-Exile Scholarship

Q&A with Onder Deligoz, Winner of the 2018 Humber-PEN Writers-In-Exile Scholarship

By | July 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Onder Deligoz is a Turkish author and journalist currently residing in Canada. He was the recipient of the 2018 Humber School of Writers, PEN Writers in Exile Scholarship. The full scholarship is available to writers in exile who wish to participate in Humber’s Creative Writing by Correspondence Program, where students work with a professional writer-mentor […]

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Writing the Future in Indigenous Languages

Writing the Future in Indigenous Languages

By | July 15, 2019 at 10:40 am

Meeting of the Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee 2019 PEN International’s 2019 Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee (TLRC) meeting held in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico was themed “Writing the Future in Indigenous Languages” and run from 2-4 May. Over the course of the meeting more than 50 writers, journalists, translators, activists and […]

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Kazakhstan: Impunity Following Crackdown on Peaceful Protests

Kazakhstan: Impunity Following Crackdown on Peaceful Protests

By | July 10, 2019 at 11:19 am

One month after police repression of peaceful protests in Kazakhstan, the Kazakh authorities must urgently take action to uphold the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, PEN international said today. Presidential elections held on June 9, 2019, saw thousands hundreds of protesters – including scores of journalists covering the events – targeted for […]

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Call for Applications: 2019 George Brown PEN Canada Writer-in-Residence

Call for Applications: 2019 George Brown PEN Canada Writer-in-Residence

By | July 9, 2019 at 3:35 pm

PEN Canada Writer-In-Residence George Brown College, Department of English and Communication, Toronto, Ontario Term: August 26, 2018 – December 13, 2018 PEN Canada invites applications from creative writers for the position of PEN Canada Writer-in-Residence at George Brown College from August 26, 2018 – December 13, 2018. The residency is designed to encourage exchanges between […]

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