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China: Book Burning by Public Library Officials Threatens Academic Freedom

China: Book Burning by Public Library Officials Threatens Academic Freedom

By | December 16, 2019 at 2:58 pm

London, December 10,  2019 – The burning of books deemed contrary to mainstream national ideology by library officials in Zhenyuan county, Gansu province, is an alarming demonstration of the Chinese authorities’ ever-increasing attempts to regulate its citizens access to content, said PEN International today. The incident follows shortly after the announcement of a new directive by the […]

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Malta: Hold Muscat to Account for Interference in Daphne Caruana Galizia Investigation

Malta: Hold Muscat to Account for Interference in Daphne Caruana Galizia Investigation

By | December 12, 2019 at 12:07 pm

European leaders must hold Muscat to account for political interference in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation We, the undersigned organisations, urge European Union leaders to call on Prime Minister Muscat to guarantee that all investigations and legal proceedings related to the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder are conducted efficiently, transparently and without any interference from any […]

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Nigeria: Journalists Detained as Authorities Clampdown on Freedom of Expression

Nigeria: Journalists Detained as Authorities Clampdown on Freedom of Expression

By | December 12, 2019 at 10:52 am

Update – December 6, 2019 Omoyele Sowore was forcibly re-arrested by the DSS at his court hearing on 6 December after being released on bail less than 24 hours earlier in compliance with the order of the Federal High Court. PEN International will continue to closely monitor the situation and is seeking further information.   It is clear […]

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Iraq: Authorities Must End Use of Lethal Force Against Protesters, Stop Targeting Activists, Journalists

Iraq: Authorities Must End Use of Lethal Force Against Protesters, Stop Targeting Activists, Journalists

By | December 12, 2019 at 10:39 am

We, the undersigned human rights organizations, call on the Iraqi government to immediately cease the use of lethal and excessive force against protesters. As peaceful demonstrations continue throughout central and southern Iraq, security forces, particularly the riot police, have used lethal force to disperse protesters in Baghdad, Basra, Nasiriyah, and Najaf. In addition, activists and […]

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Oleg Sentsov in conversation with Natalia Kaliada and David Lan

Oleg Sentsov in conversation with Natalia Kaliada and David Lan

By | November 27, 2019 at 11:24 am

‘They couldn’t take everything from me’ – an evening with Oleg Sentsov Ukrainian director and writer Oleg Sentsov is from Crimea. When Russia annexed the peninsula, he was arrested and sentenced to 20 years in a gulag-style prison in Siberia on trumped-up charges and became the face of Ukrainian struggle against Russia. International filmmakers, human […]

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Sweden: Tucholsky Award Fitting Tribute to Chinese-born Swedish Publisher Gui Minhai

Sweden: Tucholsky Award Fitting Tribute to Chinese-born Swedish Publisher Gui Minhai

By | November 26, 2019 at 3:39 pm

The PEN International community wholeheartedly supports Swedish PEN’s decision to bestow their annual Tucholsky Award upon Chinese-born Swedish publisher – and PEN International main case – Gui Minhai, said PEN International today in response to the fierce objection of the Chinese Embassy in Sweden. ‘This is not the first time that the Chinese regime has […]

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Russia: Groundless Charges Against Journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva Should be Dropped

Russia: Groundless Charges Against Journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva Should be Dropped

By | November 26, 2019 at 3:38 pm

The Russian authorities should drop all charges against Svetlana Prokopyeva, PEN International and PEN Moscow said today, as the journalist is facing a lengthy prison sentence for ‘justifying terrorism’ following comments she made on a radio show. The organisations further call on the Russian authorities to stop harassing and intimidating journalists who are reporting on […]

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Turkey: Re-arrest of Novelist Ahmet Altan is Arbitrary and Cruel

Turkey: Re-arrest of Novelist Ahmet Altan is Arbitrary and Cruel

By | November 26, 2019 at 3:36 pm

“You can imprison me but you cannot keep me in prison”  – Ahmet Altan. Turkish authorities have re-arrested the internationally-known Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan just one week after his release from over three years in detention. ARTICLE 19 and the undersigned organizations said that his re-arrest on November 12 was an extraordinarily low blow in […]

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Russia: Fair Trial Must be Guaranteed for Memorial Historian and Human Rights Activist

Russia: Fair Trial Must be Guaranteed for Memorial Historian and Human Rights Activist

By | November 26, 2019 at 11:03 am

The Russian authorities must uphold Yuri Dmitriev’s right to a fair and impartial trial, PEN International, St Petersburg PEN and PEN Moscow said today, ahead of a verdict expected by the end of the year. Yuri Dmitriev, historian and head of the Karelian branch of the human rights centre Memorial, North-Western Russia, stands accused of […]

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Colombia: End the Harassment of Journalist Juan Pablo Barrientos

Colombia: End the Harassment of Journalist Juan Pablo Barrientos

By | November 26, 2019 at 11:03 am

London, November 19, 2019 – Attempts to censor the book Let the Little Children Come to Me (Dejad que los niños vengan a mí), as well as the legal harassment against Colombian journalist Juan Pablo Barrientos, demonstrate that the Colombian authorities are not acting in favour of free expression, said PEN International today. The organisation calls on the […]

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