Browsing Tag COVID-19

Singapore: Government Orders Removal of Critical Comments on Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic

Singapore: Government Orders Removal of Critical Comments on Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic

By | July 14, 2020 at 6:10 pm

PEN International is concerned by reports that legislation ostensibly intended to counter ‘fake news’ is being applied to remove legitimate commentary on the Singapore government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Singapore Government has issued a Correction Direction to several organizations, including the web-based media organizations, New Naratif and The Online Citizen Asia, under the […]

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India: Scroll.in Journalists Under Scrutiny for COVID-19 Interview

India: Scroll.in Journalists Under Scrutiny for COVID-19 Interview

By | June 25, 2020 at 11:08 am

PEN International joins PEN Delhi in concerns over reports of a First Information Report (FIR) being lodged on 18 June 2020 against senior journalist Supriya Sharma, executive editor at Scroll.in, and its chief editor, Naresh Fernandes, who is not named in the FIR. Ms. Sharma recently wrote a series of articles about the impact of the nationwide lockdown […]

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Turkey: Immediately Release Political Prisoners

Turkey: Immediately Release Political Prisoners

By | June 25, 2020 at 11:04 am

PEN International, English PEN and Turkish PEN joined the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and five other international human rights organizations in calling on the international community to take action and pressure Turkey to release tens of thousands of political prisoners who have been deliberately left out of COVID-19 prison releases: Amidst this pandemic, […]

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Turkey: PEN Joins Call for Greater Transparency from Turkey’s Public Ad Agency

Turkey: PEN Joins Call for Greater Transparency from Turkey’s Public Ad Agency

By | June 9, 2020 at 10:21 am

Today, PEN International, Danish PEN, English PEN, German PEN, Norwegian PEN, PEN America, PEN Canada, Swedish PEN and PEN Turkey joined the International Press Institute (IPI) and 10 other international press freedom and freedom of expression groups in a joint public letter sent to the General Director of Turkey’s Public Advertising Agency (BIK), which is […]

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Malaysia: Cease Harassment of Journalist Tashny Sukumaran

Malaysia: Cease Harassment of Journalist Tashny Sukumaran

By | May 7, 2020 at 11:26 am

PEN Malaysia is deeply concerned by the selective targeting of Malaysian journalist Tashny Sukumaran by the authorities for her report in the South China Morning Post on 1 May 2020 headlined Coronavirus: Hundreds arrested as Malaysia cracks down on migrants in COVID-19 red zones. On 2 May 2020, she received a telephone call from the Royal Malaysian […]

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Will we recover the freedoms we surrender to the fight against COVID-19?

Will we recover the freedoms we surrender to the fight against COVID-19?

By | April 25, 2020 at 2:19 pm

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?

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Turkey: 24 Groups Call on Authorities to Release Those Detained and at Risk of COVID-19

Turkey: 24 Groups Call on Authorities to Release Those Detained and at Risk of COVID-19

By | April 21, 2020 at 12:27 pm

In the early hours of Tuesday, April 14 the Turkish Parliament passed a law that will lead to the release of up to 90,000 prisoners. However, it excludes scores of journalists, human rights defenders, politicians, lawyers and others arbitrarily detained pending trial or serving sentences following unfair trials under Turkey’s overly broad anti-terrorism laws that […]

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Bahrain: Free Imprisoned Rights Defenders and Activists Facing COVID-19 Threat

Bahrain: Free Imprisoned Rights Defenders and Activists Facing COVID-19 Threat

By | April 9, 2020 at 9:56 am

Amid the global threat posed by COVID-19, Bahraini authorities should release human rights defenders, opposition activists, journalists and all others imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association, a coalition of 20 rights groups said today. On March 17, 2020, Bahrain completed the release of 1,486 prisoners, 901 of whom […]

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India: PEN Delhi on the Importance of Press Freedom During Coronavirus

India: PEN Delhi on the Importance of Press Freedom During Coronavirus

By | April 7, 2020 at 11:57 am

Update – 2 April 2020 It is outrageous that India, the world’s most populous democracy, is restricting the free flow of information at a time of a great health crisis. These attacks on the media show that the government and its loud supporters want to control the narrative, and not the virus, which is the real threat […]

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Joint Statement: Surveillance Technologies to Fight Pandemic Must Respect Human Rights

Joint Statement: Surveillance Technologies to Fight Pandemic Must Respect Human Rights

By | April 3, 2020 at 12:40 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health emergency that requires a coordinated and large-scale response by governments worldwide. However, States’ efforts to contain the virus must not be used as a cover to usher in a new era of greatly expanded systems of invasive digital surveillance. We, the undersigned organizations, urge governments to show […]

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