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Poland: Ruling Party and Broadcaster Must Drop Defamation Lawsuits Against Professor

Poland: Ruling Party and Broadcaster Must Drop Defamation Lawsuits Against Professor

By | November 26, 2019 at 11:02 am

ARTICLE 19 and the undersigned organizations call for the governing party in Poland, the Law and Justice party (PiS), and public broadcaster TVP to immediately drop their criminal and civil defamation lawsuits against Professor Wojciech Sadurski, a distinguished constitutional law scholar and public intellectual in Poland. The cases are based on two tweets he sent […]

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India: Revocation of Journalists’ Visa Status Must be Reviewed

India: Revocation of Journalists’ Visa Status Must be Reviewed

By | November 26, 2019 at 11:02 am

PEN Delhi and South India condemn the recent revocation of writer and journalist Aatish Taseer’s Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status by the Government of India. The OCI status, provided to millions, acts as a permanent visa for those who possess it. Till this September, Taseer, a UK citizen with a US Green Card, was […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Galal El-Behairy

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Galal El-Behairy

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Poet, lyricist and activist Galal El-Behairy is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for ‘insulting the military’ and ‘spreading false news’. He is being held in the notorious maximum-security prison Tora prison in Cairo. Nicknamed ‘Scorpion’ Prison, Tora has been condemned by scores of human rights organisations for its serious abuses, including denying inmates access […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Celebrated writer, journalist and activist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro has faced continued harassment, death threats and attacks due to her investigative journalism and activism. Such attacks occur despite the fact that she was awarded precautionary protective measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in 2009, which the Mexican authorities have failed to adequately implement. […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Nedim Türfent

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Nedim Türfent

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

News editor, reporter and poet Nedim Türfent is serving an eight-year-and-nine-month prison sentence on trumped-up terrorism charges following an unfair trial, during which 19 witnesses said they had been tortured into testifying against him. Arrested in May 2016 after covering military clashes in the predominantly Kurdish Southeast of Turkey, Nedim Türfent spent almost two years […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Stella Nyanzi

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Stella Nyanzi

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Ugandan academic, writer and activist Dr. Stella Nyanzi is currently serving an 18-month sentence for ‘cyber harassment’, in relation to a poem she wrote on Facebook in September 2018 criticising Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni (and his mother). Dr. Nyanzi has served almost 11 months of her sentence. Dr. Nyanzi has lodged an appeal against her […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Shakthika Sathkumara

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Shakthika Sathkumara

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Award-winning writer and poet, Shakthika Sathkumara, faces legal proceedings that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, should the Attorney General decide to press charges. On 1 April 2019, Sathkumara was detained pending a police investigation into allegations that his short story ‘Ardha’ (‘Half’) incited religious hatred. Sathkumara spent over 120 […]

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PEN President Emeritus John Ralston Saul Speaks at Kings College London

PEN President Emeritus John Ralston Saul Speaks at Kings College London

By | October 31, 2019 at 1:38 pm

On October 16, 2019, PEN International President Emeritus John Ralston Saul received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from King’s College London. Saul spoke on behalf of all honorary graduates at the ceremony at King’s on October 16th. The other honorary graduates included Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from […]

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‘We Are Not Alone’: A Message From Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Family

‘We Are Not Alone’: A Message From Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Family

By | October 31, 2019 at 1:38 pm

by Amy Mallia, Daphne’s niece I was at school the day my aunt, Daphne Caruana Galizia, was assassinated. In class I was asked what I’d like to be in the future. I remember saying without hesitation that I’d like to be a journalist like my aunt, only to go home a few hours later and find […]

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Hiring Now: Full-Time Office Manager

Hiring Now: Full-Time Office Manager

By | October 29, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Office Manager at PEN Canada Reporting to the executive director, the office manager is responsible for the smooth running of the PEN Canada office including administration, basic bookkeeping, IT & database management, and other duties as they arise. The right person will be able to handle a wide range of administrative and executive support tasks, […]

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