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Egypt: Prominent Egyptian Writer and Blogger Under Arrest and Investigation

Egypt: Prominent Egyptian Writer and Blogger Under Arrest and Investigation

By | June 8, 2018 at 11:40 am

PEN International is deeply concerned about the detention of Wael Abbas, a prominent Egyptian blogger and political activist. He has been arbitrary detained since his arrest on 23 May 2018, when several armed agents from the Egyptian security service raided his home, blind-folded him and took him to an undisclosed location. During the raid, the […]

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Justin Brake wins 2018 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize for freedom of expression

Justin Brake wins 2018 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize for freedom of expression

By | June 7, 2018 at 8:51 am

Justin Brake has won the 2017 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize. The $1,000 prize is awarded annually to an individual or group whose work has advanced freedom of expression in Canada.

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PEN Call to Action for the Immediate Release of Oleg Sentsov

PEN Call to Action for the Immediate Release of Oleg Sentsov

By | May 31, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Oleg Sentsov has been on a hunger strike since May 14; PEN urges Russian authorities to release Sentsov immediately.

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Toronto to Erect “The Empty Chair” Memorial to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Toronto to Erect “The Empty Chair” Memorial to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo

By | May 29, 2018 at 11:04 am

Liu Xiaobo Memorial project to erect a bronze sculpture of an empty chair to commemorate his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.

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PEN Calls on Ireland to End Restrictions on Artists Discussing 8th Amendment

PEN Calls on Ireland to End Restrictions on Artists Discussing 8th Amendment

By | May 23, 2018 at 10:38 am

PEN expresses concern at restrictions placed upon artists wishing to discuss the issue of abortion in Ireland.

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Israel: PEN Condemns Appalling Attack on Journalists and Protestors

Israel: PEN Condemns Appalling Attack on Journalists and Protestors

By | May 17, 2018 at 11:58 am

PEN International strongly condemns the use of excessive force against protestors and journalists by the Israeli forces earlier this week.

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Poetry of Resistance – Trilingual Edition of Rasha Omran’s Work Available Now

Poetry of Resistance – Trilingual Edition of Rasha Omran’s Work Available Now

By | May 2, 2018 at 8:38 am

At last year’s Cairo Literature festival, Canadian writer, Kim Echlin met Syrian poet and activist, Rasha Omran who now lives in exile in Egypt. Omran has publically opposed the Assad regime since the 2011 revolution. Her poetry is her ongoing resistance to the silencing and erasure of Syria. The country’s pre-war population was 22 million […]

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Ecuador – Colombia: Journalists Killed

Ecuador – Colombia: Journalists Killed

By | April 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

PEN joins its Latin American colleagues in condemning the killing of three employees at the Ecuadorian daily newspaper El Comercio.

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Malta: International Writers Join PEN in Seeking Justice for Maltese Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Malta: International Writers Join PEN in Seeking Justice for Maltese Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

By | April 16, 2018 at 9:57 am

Leading writers from Europe and around the world have written to the European Commission today, on the six-month anniversary of the brutal assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Humber School of Writing, PEN Writers in Exile Scholarship: Call for Applications 2018

Humber School of Writing, PEN Writers in Exile Scholarship: Call for Applications 2018

By | April 12, 2018 at 11:37 am

The Humber School for Writers is seeking applications from PEN Canada’s writers-in-exile for its Creative Writing by Correspondence Program in the September 2018 term.

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