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PEN Canada/Ken Filkow 2021 Prize Open for Nominations

PEN Canada/Ken Filkow 2021 Prize Open for Nominations

By | February 25, 2021 at 4:19 pm

Named in memory of Kenneth A. Filkow, Q.C., a distinguished Winnipeg lawyer, former chair of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, and active member of PEN Canada’s Canadian Issues Committee, the prize celebrates champions of freedom of expression. The right to freedom of opinion and expression is protected under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and enshrined as a fundamental freedom in section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This prize is funded by Cynthia Wine and Philip Slayton.

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PEN Canada Successfully Intervenes in Sec. 91 Challenge to Canada Elections Act

PEN Canada Successfully Intervenes in Sec. 91 Challenge to Canada Elections Act

By | February 24, 2021 at 12:01 pm

PEN Canada has successfully intervened before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the Canadian Constitution Foundation’s (CCF) challenge to the constitutionality of section 91(1) of the Canada Elections Act.

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Liu Xiaobo Anniversary Campaign

Liu Xiaobo Anniversary Campaign

By | December 4, 2020 at 2:03 pm

The Liu Xiaobo Anniversary Campaign will act as a commemoration of Liu Xiaobo’s life, his contribution to Chinese literature, and his selfless work promoting basic freedoms in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), while also highlighting the case of writers Gui Minhai, Chimengül Awut, Kunchok Tsephel, Yang Hengjun and Qin Yongmin who are currently detained by the PRC government.

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COVID-19 has Deepened Our Dependence on Surveillance Technology

COVID-19 has Deepened Our Dependence on Surveillance Technology

By | November 24, 2020 at 10:03 pm

Largely without public debate – and absent any new safeguards – we’ve become even more dependent on a technological ecosystem that is notoriously insecure, poorly regulated, highly invasive and prone to serial abuse.

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Regulate Social Media – In a Way That Makes Sense

Regulate Social Media – In a Way That Makes Sense

By | November 24, 2020 at 10:03 pm

There is a widespread belief that social media companies do not care about these problems and have resisted every attempt by government to regulate them. But that is not always the case

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Iran: PEN Welcomes Temporary Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh

Iran: PEN Welcomes Temporary Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh

By | November 12, 2020 at 11:44 am

PEN is delighted to learn of the temporary release of prominent Iranian writer, lawyer and human rights activist, Nasrin Sotoudeh, on November 7,  2020.

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Maria Saba Wins  PEN Canada-Humber College Scholarship

Maria Saba Wins PEN Canada-Humber College Scholarship

By | November 3, 2020 at 3:36 pm

Maria Saba is the recipient of the 2020 PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholarship, which provides peer mentorship to one member of PEN Canada’s Writers-in-Exile program each year.

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Q&A with New Voices Winner Em Dial

Q&A with New Voices Winner Em Dial

By | October 27, 2020 at 10:00 am

A Q&A with Em Dial, winner of the 2020 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award.

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PEN Delhi and PEN International Condemn Attacks on The Caravan Journalists

PEN Delhi and PEN International Condemn Attacks on The Caravan Journalists

By | August 27, 2020 at 3:24 pm

PEN Delhi and PEN International note with deep concern the attack on three journalists from The Caravan on August 13th, 2020. At about 2 pm, on the day, a group in Subhash Mohalla, North East Delhi’s North Ghonda neighbourhood, attacked The Caravan reporters Shahid Tantray, Prabhjit Singh, and a woman journalist (who asks not to be named […]

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Emily Dial Wins 2020 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award

Emily Dial Wins 2020 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award

By | August 27, 2020 at 1:43 pm

Poet Em Dial wins PEN Canada’s New Voices Award for 2020 August 27 (Toronto) Emily (Em) Dial has been chosen as the winner of PEN Canada’s 2020 New Voices Award. Dial, whose winning entry is titled Lineage Without the Bullets, won the $3,000 prize out of a total of 175 submissions from writers and poets […]

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