In Memoriam: Peter Showler

Peter Showler, photo credit The Hill Times.  PEN Canada mourns the death of Peter Showler O.C., former board member and Chair of the Writers in Peril Committee. b. 17 February, …

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India Lays Charges Against Arundhati Roy

12 October 2023: PEN International is deeply concerned by reports that the Indian authorities have approved the prosecution of writer Arundhati Roy over a speech she gave 13 years ago. We call on the Indian authorities to immediately cease the legal proceedings against her and to end its weaponization of the legal system against writers, journalists, and others who engage in peaceful expression. Criticism of the government is not a crime.

Narges Mohammadi, Iranian activist, wins Nobel Peace Prize

PEN Canada celebrates the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to jailed Iranian writer and human rights activist Narges Mohammadi for “her fight against the oppression of women in Iran, and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all.”  Ms Mohammadi is currently serving a ten-year sentence in a Tehran prison after repeated arrests since 2009.

Joan Leishman wins 2023 Marie-Ange Garrigue Prize

TORONTO, September 19, 2023 – Joan Leishman, recently-retired CBC veteran journalist and longtime advocate for refugee writers, has won PEN Canada’s 2023 Marie-Ange Garrigue Prize. The prize recognizes a Canadian …