• New Human Rights Commissioner responds to concerns over hate speech protections

    Paula Tesoriero: We strongly support right to freedom of speech 11 Jun, 2018 Rights are not absolute and they do not exist in isolation. Photo / 123RF NZ Herald By: Paula Tesoriero I am concerned at recurring speculation that the Human Rights Commission is campaigning to limit free speech. Those who hold this view say we […]

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  • CHRIS ELSE IS NZSA PRESIDENT OF HONOUR 2018-2019

    The NZSA is delighted to announce that Chris Else is their 2018-2019 President of Honour.  This prestigious position is bestowed on a senior writer and long-serving member in recognition of his or her contribution to writing and writers and the literary arts sector in New Zealand. As President of Honour, Chris Else will deliver the annual Janet […]

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  • 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist announced

      Twenty-four outstanding stories have been selected by an international judging panel from 5182 entries from 48 Commonwealth countries. The writers come from 14 countries including, for the first time, Samoa and Ghana. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English from the Commonwealth. As well […]

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  • New Zealand Book Council launch READNZ campaign #readNZ

    ReadNZ campaign 2018 Our books matter. Our authors and their stories are world-leading. ReadNZ is a campaign to get more of us reading books written by New Zealanders. New Zealand books reflect the rich social and cultural history that has shaped us as a nation. There is a special joy in reading about ourselves, and […]

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  • Recognising the importance of our arts, culture and heritage

    Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:22 pm Press Release: New Zealand Government Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Recognising the importance of our arts, culture and heritage Budget 2018 lays the foundations for a significant programme of work that highlights the essential role the cultural sector plays in the wellbeing of our society, […]

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  • English Pen event: Celebrating Nelson Mandela: His Letters, His Legacy

    PENmandelaletters To mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth on 18 July and the publication of The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela (Liveright) on 10 July, English PEN is holding an evening of readings with very special guests on 17 July. Taking place at the Union Chapel in London, the event features letters by Nelson Mandela from […]

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  • GLOBAL: Free media week killings underscore crimes of impunity against journalists

      http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/global-free-media-week-killings-underscore-crimes-impunity-against-journalists-1 A press freedom protest in the Philippines capital of Manila   over the latest killing of a radio journalist.  Thursday, May 3, 2018  By David Robie      AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Monday – just three days before today’s World Press Freedom Day – was the deadliest day for news media in Afghanistan in […]

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  • WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY – MAY 3

     On World Press Freedom Day PEN calls for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and the protection of journalists and rights activists fighting for justice in her case  3 May 2018 – Daphne Caruana Galizia, a prominent investigative journalist and blogger, was assassinated on 16 October 2017 near her house in Bidnija, Malta, in a targeted […]

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  • Good news for NZ Bookshops – a level playing field at last (in October 2019)

    Retailers’ relief as uncompetitive GST loophole is to be closed   Bookshops and other small businesses and their communities across New Zealand will have a sense of relief that the loophole allowing offshore retailers  an unfair 15% price advantage when selling into New Zealand is to be closed, finally. “Closing this loophole will remove the […]

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  • The Times Just Won 3 Pulitzers. Read the Winning Work

    The newspaper is recognized for its work in public service, national reporting and editorial cartooning. By Daniel Victor The New York Times won three Pulitzer Prizes on April 16, bringing its industry-leading total to 125 since the prizes were first awarded in 1917. The Times was recognized for coverage that led to an international reckoning on […]

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  • GLOBAL: RSF shines light on ‘forbidden coverage’ of women’s rights

    On International Women’s Day lets observe violations against women journalists, and men who cover gender issues… PARIS (Asia Pacific Report/Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): To mark International Women’s Day tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is publishing a report entitled “Women’s rights: Forbidden subject” which sheds light on the difficulties that journalists – both men and women – […]

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  • Philip Pullman calls for authors to get fairer share of publisher profits

    His Dark Materials author condemns way book industry ‘allows corporate profits to be so high at a time when author earnings are markedly falling’  ‘I don’t like what publishers, corporately, are doing to the ecology of the book world’ … Philip Pullman.  Philip Pullman has called on publishers to stop damaging “the ecology of the book […]

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