• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • #Read Women: International Women’s Day – The PEN International Women’s Manifesto going to the UN

    The PEN International Women’s Manifesto The first and founding principle of the PEN Charter asserts that ‘literature knows no frontiers’. These frontiers were traditionally thought of as borders between countries and peoples. For many women in the world – and for almost all women until relatively recently – the first, and the last and perhaps […]

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  • 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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