The journalist and legal scholar Amy Lai has been awarded the 2021 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize for courageously reporting on the “threats faced by both individuals and democratic institutions” in her native Hong Kong, and for ground-breaking scholarship on freedom of expression.
PEN Canada condemns the Ontario government’s use of the Notwithstanding Clause to impose restrictions on third-party political advertising for a full twelve months before a provincial election.
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.
We are giving up our freedoms in the fight against COVID-19. The question is will we get them back? Does freedom – a true freedom of strong precepts rather than meaningless platitudes – interfere with what we must do to survive?
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.
Jesse Wente, Desmond Cole and Rachel Giese join moderator Jesse Brown for a panel discussion asking: just how glorious and free are we?
Justin Giovannetti writes about how he and eight other journalists who had previously been cleared to attend a photo opportunity with Prime Minister Stephen Harper had their credentials refused. PEN Canada believes reporters must be free from arbitrary limits on their ability to report information, especially as the tools of journalism evolve.
Writer, artist and environmental activist Franke James will receive the inaugural PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize at PEN Canada’s Ideas in Dialogue event, June 2.
In October 1993, PEN Canada’s Writer in Prison chair, Marian Botsford Fraser, attended and reported on the trial of Eli Langer, an artist whose works were seized on the basis of a newly amended definition of child pornography that was extended to include any visual representation of a person under the age of 18 engaged in “explicit sexual activity”.
PEN Canada is concerned with the current access to information (ATI) system. We call on the government to initiate a comprehensive review of the ATI system.