• Free Speech 2020: An Interview with Cecile Richard

    from PEN AMERICA – by Gina Chung March 11, 2020 PEN America asked Cecile Richards to talk about what freedom of speech and expression mean to her, what freedom of speech and expression mean in 2020 specifically, and the greatest threats to speaking out. Photo by Carl Daniel Cox Cecile Richards is a national leader […]

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  • A Coronavirus Update from PEN America

    March 11, 2020 PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel and PEN America President Jennifer Egan sent the following note to friends and supporters on Wednesday, March 11, 2010. Dear Friends, As the world faces a global health crisis, we at PEN America are encountering uncharted territory. We’re an organization committed to truth and facts, and right […]

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  • NEW Book shows Australian Government was complicit in murder and cover-up of Balibo 5 Journalists

    NZSA Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc advocates for freedom of speech by journalists and writers around the world Pacific Media Watch 6 March 2020 TIMOR-LESTE: Murdered journalists a ‘hurdle’ for Jakarta in concealing invasion Flashback to Greg Shackleton reporting from Balibo in 1975, shortly before being murdered along with four other Australian-based […]

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  • AUSRALIA: Loss of AAP newswire a tragedy for entire Pacific – journalists lose jobs in Australia

    AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The shock announcement yesterday that the Australian Associated Press newsagency will cease operations after 85 years is a blow to journalism in Australia and the Pacific. AAP, which is owned by Nine, News Corp Australia, The West Australian and Australian Community Media, provided services to media companies such as […]

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  • China: PEN condemns politically-motivated prosecution of publisher Gui Minhai

    London, 25 February 2020 The conviction and sentencing of Swedish-Chinese publisher Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison on charges of ‘providing intelligence’ abroad appears to be in retaliation for his work as a publisher and in response to international calls for his freedom, said PEN International today, as it called on the Chinese authorities […]

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  • IPA Condemns China’s New 10-Year Sentence for Prix Voltaire Laureate Gui Minha

    In News by Porter Anderson February 25, 2020 Characterizing publisher Gui Minhai’s treatment by Beijing as ‘meant to scare others into silence,’ the IPA asks for new action from Sweden, the EU, and international community on the jailed publisher’s behalf. Image – iStockphoto: Rattankun Thongbun By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Gui Convicted of ‘Illegally […]

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  • PEN America to Honor Patti Smith, Hearst’s Frank Bennack at 2020 PEN America Literary Gala

    Ceremony to take place May 19 in New York City (New York, NY) – PEN America today announced Patti Smith as the recipient of the 2020 PEN/Audible Literary Service Award, to be conferred upon the iconic writer and performer at this year’s PEN America Literary Gala, on May 19. PEN America is recognizing Smith for […]

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  • RESOLUTION: THE DEMOCRACY OF THE IMAGINATION MANIFESTO

    RPRESENTED BY Presented by Jennifer Clement, PEN International President Per Wästberg, Emeritus PEN International President and Chair of the Nobel Prize for Literature Eric Lax, PEN International Vice President Nayantara Sahgal, PEN International Vice President Ngugi wa Thiong’o, PEN International Vice President Paul Muldoon, PEN America Board Member ARGUMENT Within the history of PEN is […]

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  • PEN AMERICA CAMPUS FREE SPEECH GUIDE

    Campus free speech guide Issues Free speech has become a flashpoint for controversy on campuses across the U.S. This go-to resource for faculty, staff, and students provides practical, principled guidance for how campuses can best remain open to all voices. Our Principles Common Issues on Campus Academic Freedom Campus Climate Discrimination & Harassment Diversity & […]

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  • Writing for Justice Fellowships

    PEN America’s Writing for Justice Fellowship commissions writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. The Fellowship aims to harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories […]

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  • Celebrating the unifying power of poetry

    This year, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day takes place on Friday 23 August; the same day that New Zealand’s new Poet Laureate is announced. Again, our annual celebration of poetry has broken all records, with more than 150 events and competitions scheduled to take place nationwide.  Expect #NZPoetryDay to trend on Twitter and people to […]

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  • ‘No Friend but the Mountains’ wins National Biography Award

    Behrouz Boochani also won the Victorian Premier’s Award. He sent his manuscript from where he is interred on Manus Island, by WattsApp. He accepted the National Biography Prize, also by Wattsapp… The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani (Picador) as the winner of this year’s $25,000 […]

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