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Closing Letter from John Ralston Saul

Closing Letter from John Ralston Saul

By | November 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

Canadian writer John Ralston Saul began his term as president of PEN International in October 2009. The first Canadian to hold this post, his tenure focused on endangered and indigenous languages, the connection between literature and freedom of expression, and the further decentralization of PEN. The following is Saul’s final letter to the PEN membership […]

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Congress 2015: The Diary

Congress 2015: The Diary

By | November 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

PEN Canada President Randy Boyagoda wrote this account of the 81st PEN International Congress for the Financial Times‘ “The Diary” column. The following was published in the Life & Arts section on October 30, 2015.

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Dimming the Beacon of Free Speech

Dimming the Beacon of Free Speech

By | October 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

PEN Canada President Randy Boyagoda reflects on PEN International’s briefing note on free speech in Canada.

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Mexican-American writer Jennifer Clement to lead PEN International

Mexican-American writer Jennifer Clement to lead PEN International

By | October 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

PEN International has elected renowned Mexican writer, Jennifer Clement, as the president of the organization at the 81st Congress.

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Freedom of Speech Under Threat in Canada, Says PEN International

Freedom of Speech Under Threat in Canada, Says PEN International

By | October 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm

PEN International calls on Canada to restore an environment in which all citizens can exercise their freedom of expression without fear.

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To Bishkek and Back: PEN International’s 80th World Congress

To Bishkek and Back: PEN International’s 80th World Congress

By | August 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

PEN Canada Vice-President Grace Westcott reflects on her time at the 80th PEN International World Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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PEN calls on India to repeal laws that threaten free expression

PEN calls on India to repeal laws that threaten free expression

By | May 20, 2015 at 8:00 am

In a ground-breaking new report, PEN International, PEN Canada, and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, call on India to repeal overbroad and vaguely worded laws that enable censorship.

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Meet the Judges for the 2015 New Voices Award

Meet the Judges for the 2015 New Voices Award

By | April 15, 2015 at 4:55 pm

PEN Canada is currently accepting submissions for the third annual PEN International New Voices Award. The overall winner, who will be selected from winning submissions to national contests held by PEN centres around the world, will be published by PEN International and will receive a $1,000 prize.

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Bahrain: Drop all Charges Against Activist Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain: Drop all Charges Against Activist Nabeel Rajab

By | April 8, 2015 at 11:33 am

PEN calls on Bahrain to drop all charges against prominent activist and human rights defender Nabeel Rajab. His arrest, in response to his speaking out about an outbreak of violence at Central Prison in Bahrain, is another attempt to suppress his right to freedom of expression.

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Corruption, Impunity, Violence

Corruption, Impunity, Violence

By | March 15, 2015 at 4:29 pm

On February 24, 2015 PEN representatives from Canada, Germany, Honduras and Mexico met with members of the Mexican Senate’s Comisión de Justicia. At the meeting, John Ralston Saul, President of PEN International made the following introductory remarks.

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