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Uganda Must Release Academic Stella Nyanzi and Drop All Charges Against Her

Uganda Must Release Academic Stella Nyanzi and Drop All Charges Against Her

By | November 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm

From PEN International 12 November 2018 – PEN International and PEN Uganda are deeply concerned by the recent arrest and ongoing trial of the prominent Ugandan academic, writer and activist, Dr. Stella Nyanzi. Nyanzi was arrested on 2 November 2018 and charged with “cyber harassment” and “offensive communication” following messages she allegedly posted on Facebook about President Yoweri […]

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Creative Writing Scholarship for North American PEN Members

Creative Writing Scholarship for North American PEN Members

By | November 5, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Goddard College has announced a $10,000 scholarship available to members of the three PEN North American centres for their MFA in Creative Writing. “The Goddard/PEN North American Scholarship, now in its third year, is the result of a partnership between Goddard’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program and PEN America, PEN Canada, and PEN Mexico, which together comprise the North […]

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Pursuing Truth in Pune

Pursuing Truth in Pune

By | October 18, 2018 at 10:31 am

Released on the final day of PEN’s 84th annual congress, PEN’s report warns of “a rising tide of violence, impunity, extended pre-trial detentions, and surveillance” under the Modi government, of “punitive defamation laws [that] mute criticism”, nervous publishers who “have asked journalists to be less critical of authorities” and universities where a “climate of fear” has curbed student activism, rescinded invitations to controversial professors, andpurged textbooks that are deemed offensive.

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Imprisoned Ukrainian Writer and Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov Says He Will End Hunger Strike

Imprisoned Ukrainian Writer and Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov Says He Will End Hunger Strike

By | October 17, 2018 at 9:59 am

Today marks day 145 of Sentsov’s hunger strike, which he began on 14 May to urge the Russian authorities to release all Ukrainian nationals currently imprisoned in Russia on politically motivated grounds. A letter written by Sentsov, first posted here, explains he has been forced to end the hunger strike as his health is in ‘critical condition.’ The […]

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Dissident Saudi Writer Jamal Khashoggi Disappears After Visit to Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

Dissident Saudi Writer Jamal Khashoggi Disappears After Visit to Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

By | October 12, 2018 at 2:30 am

Available in Arabic.  October 8, 2018 – PEN International is deeply concerned about the well-being and safety of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi writer who disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2, 2018. Six days later no official information has been disclosed about the whereabouts of Khashoggi. There are unconfirmed reports that he […]

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2019 PEN Gala Dinner with Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson

2019 PEN Gala Dinner with Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson

By | September 18, 2018 at 9:57 am

PEN Canada pays tribute to the life and work of Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson.

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PEN Canada Condemns Ontario’s Invocation of Section 33

PEN Canada Condemns Ontario’s Invocation of Section 33

By | September 14, 2018 at 7:45 am

Today PEN Canada condemned the government of Ontario’s invocation of Section 33 of the Charter of Rights, the Notwithstanding Clause, to sideline a Superior Court justice’s ruling that it had infringed on freedom-of-expression rights protected by the Charter.

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Onder Deligoz Receives Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholarship

Onder Deligoz Receives Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholarship

By | September 13, 2018 at 10:31 am

Humber supports PEN Canada’s mission to champion freedom of expression and to value the indispensable role writers play in our civic and cultural life.

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Q&A with 2018 George Brown Writer-in-Residence Sohaila Khaliqyar

Q&A with 2018 George Brown Writer-in-Residence Sohaila Khaliqyar

By | September 11, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Being a refugee is not easy but in spite of all the challenges, I feel safe from the shadow of death, which had been following me in my country, threatening my dreams and my life.

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Nicaragua: End Crackdown on Free Press and Peaceful Protest

Nicaragua: End Crackdown on Free Press and Peaceful Protest

By | September 7, 2018 at 2:14 pm

PEN is deeply concerned by the deteriorating climate for freedom of expression in Nicaragua.

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