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Turkey: International Groups Condemn Attacks Against Journalists

Turkey: International Groups Condemn Attacks Against Journalists

By | May 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

Turkish version below The International Press Institute along with other 18 press freedom and freedom of expression organizations – including PEN International and several PEN Centres – sent today a joint letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, calling for justice following the recent physical attacks against two journalists, Yavuz Selim Demirağ and İdris Özyol. […]

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Highlights of the 2019 PEN Gala

Highlights of the 2019 PEN Gala

By | May 23, 2019 at 10:04 am

A month after PEN’s 2019 gala we look back on the evening with gratitude to all of our members and supporters. Video Highlights Photo Album

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2019 Annual General Meeting

2019 Annual General Meeting

By | May 16, 2019 at 4:26 pm

PEN Canada’s annual general meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in the Great Hall at the Arts and Letters Club (14 Elm St, Toronto, ON). Join us for light refreshments after the meeting (cash bar). All current PEN Canada members are encouraged to attend. Outstanding fees may be paid at the […]

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Myanmar: Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo Released From Jail

Myanmar: Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo Released From Jail

By | May 13, 2019 at 1:12 pm

PEN International welcomes the news that journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were released from jail in Myanmar on May 7, 2019. The two Reuters journalists were found guilty of breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets Act and were facing lengthy prison sentences for their investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and […]

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Iran: Three Writers Face Lengthy Prison Sentences

Iran: Three Writers Face Lengthy Prison Sentences

By | May 6, 2019 at 1:13 pm

PEN International is deeply concerned about the ongoing trial of three Iranian writers, Baktash Abtin, Reza Khandan-Mahabadi, and Keyvan Bazhan. Mr Abtin’s last hearing was held on 27 April 2019 and that of Khandan-Mahabadi and Bazhan’s on April 28 2019. Both hearings took place before the 28 Branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Among […]

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United Kingdom: Journalist Lyra McKee Killed

United Kingdom: Journalist Lyra McKee Killed

By | May 3, 2019 at 4:44 pm

PEN International is shocked and deeply saddened by the news that Lyra McKee, a 29-year-old journalist, was shot and killed in Northern Ireland last night while covering rioting in Derry. McKee was a young, passionate and courageous journalist, described as a ‘tireless advocate and activist’ for the LGBTI community. Responding to the news, Salil Tripathi, chair of PEN International’s Writers […]

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Italy: Writer and Journalist Roberto Saviano Facing Prison for Defamation

Italy: Writer and Journalist Roberto Saviano Facing Prison for Defamation

By | May 3, 2019 at 4:44 pm

The Italian authorities should immediately drop criminal defamation charges against writer, journalist and PEN award winner Roberto Saviano, and repeal all criminal defamation laws, PEN International and English PEN said today. On March 20, 2019, Roberto Saviano announced that he had been summoned to stand trial on charges of defaming Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior […]

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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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