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Azerbaijan: Rashad Ramazanov pardoned after almost six years in prison

Azerbaijan: Rashad Ramazanov pardoned after almost six years in prison

By | March 26, 2019 at 10:42 am

PEN welcomes the release of Rashad Ramazanov, an Azerbaijani blogger and writer who was arrested on May 9, 2013 and sentenced to nine years in prison on fabricated charges of illegal possession and sale of drugs.

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Iran: Overturn Nasrin Sotoudeh’s sentence and release her immediately

Iran: Overturn Nasrin Sotoudeh’s sentence and release her immediately

By | March 20, 2019 at 10:20 am

PEN International joins Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish PEN centres in expressing deep concern for the well-being of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was handed over 38 years in prison and 148 lashes for national security-related offences.

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Meet the Judges for the 2019 New Voices Award

Meet the Judges for the 2019 New Voices Award

By | March 18, 2019 at 3:40 pm

PEN Canada is currently accepting submissions for the 2019 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award. The competition is for unpublished writers aged 17-30. The winner receives a $3,000 cash prize and mentorship from a distinguished Canadian writer. You can submit an entry here up to midnight of April 15, 2019 April 21 2019. This year the […]

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SOLD OUT: 2019 PEN Gala Dinner

SOLD OUT: 2019 PEN Gala Dinner

By | February 28, 2019 at 9:27 pm

PEN Canada pays tribute to the life and work of Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson in a conversation with Rick Mercer. Join PEN Canada as we honour literary power couple Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, founding members and past presidents of our centre. We’ll engage them in conversation about their early days with PEN — they […]

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Zehra Doğan Released After Over 500 Days in Prison

Zehra Doğan Released After Over 500 Days in Prison

By | February 28, 2019 at 11:39 am

Artist and journalist Zehra Doğan was released yesterday from Tarsus prison in Mersin, Turkey, after serving over five hundred days behind bars. Doğan was given a prison sentence of two years, nine months and 22 days on a charge of ‘propagandising for a terrorist organisation’ for her work as a painter and journalist. Doğan should […]

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Call for Justice and Accountability of State Authorities on the Anniversary of the Murder of Ján Kuciak

Call for Justice and Accountability of State Authorities on the Anniversary of the Murder of Ján Kuciak

By | February 28, 2019 at 11:39 am

On behalf of the undersigned media freedom organisations, representing thousands of journalists and human rights activists across Europe, we urge the Slovak authorities to immediately start examining state responsibility in the failure to prevent the assassination of Ján Kuciak. Tomorrow marks a full year since journalist Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová were murdered in […]

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Call for Nominations: 2019 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

Call for Nominations: 2019 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

By | February 21, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Nominations sought for the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize Nominations for the 2019 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow prize are now open. The $1,000 annual prize is awarded to an individual or group that has advanced freedom of expression in Canada. The deadline for nominations is March 21, 2019. Previous winners of the prize include Raihan Abir and Desmond […]

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Call For Submissions: RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award 2019

Call For Submissions: RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award 2019

By | February 20, 2019 at 12:29 pm

DEADLINE EXTENDED! PEN Canada is now accepting English language submissions for the RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award. The annual award aims to encourage new writing and to provide a space where young, unpublished writers can submit short stories, creative non-fiction, journalism, and poetry. A jury of distinguished PEN Canada members will judge the shortlisted submissions […]

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Turkey: Global Appeal Marks 1000 Days Behind Bars for Nedim Türfent

Turkey: Global Appeal Marks 1000 Days Behind Bars for Nedim Türfent

By | February 13, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Turkey: Global appeal marks 1000 days behind bars for Nedim Türfent IPI, PEN International and MLSA collects signatures for a joint letter to support Nedim February 5, 2019 – Over 650 writers, journalists, publishers, artists and activists are calling for the immediate and unconditional release of news editor, reporter and poet Nedim Türfent. Today marks 1000 days […]

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Iraq: Murder of Prominent Iraqi Writer

Iraq: Murder of Prominent Iraqi Writer

By | February 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm

PEN strongly condemns the assassination of Alaa Mashthob Abboud, a well-known and award-winning Iraqi novelist who was shot dead on February 2, 2019 by an unknown armed group.

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