• Courage Day 15 November 2016

    PEN NZ has received the names of writers PEN is officially recognising this year for Courage Day, known as The Day of the Imprisoned Writer outside New Zealand. These five writers have suffered threats, attacks and imprisonment solely for their peaceful free expression work, that are emblematic of the risks faced by our colleagues worldwide. […]

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  • PEN NZ condemns the continuing ban by the Fijian government of TVNZ Pacific Affairs correspondent Barbara Dreaver

    MEDIA RELEASE : 13 June 2016 PEN NZ condemns the continuing ban by the Fijian government of Television New Zealand Pacific Affairs correspondent Barbara Dreaver. PEN views the continuation of this ban as an indication of the ongoing erosion of freedom of expression in the Pacific. New Zealand currently ranks 5th in the world in […]

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  • Poets and writers from around the world stand in solidarity with Ashraf Fayadh

    After PEN International’s high profile campaign, which was picked up by media across the world including the Guardian, Der Spiegel, CNN, Le Monde Diplomatique, Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin has instigated a Worldwide Reading for the poet Ashraf Fayadh, who’s sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia, on January 14. If you are in Auckland you can attend the Poetry Reading […]

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  • Writers killed makes chilling read

    Dana Wensley our PEN spokesperson wrote an article for the Otago Daily Times to draw attention to Courage Day held November 15. Dana reports on the erosion of freedom of speech globally, which is a worrying trend. More

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