• PEN AMERICA SETTLES LANDMARK FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT WITH U.S. GOVERNMENT

      PEN AMERICA SETTLES LANDMARK FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT WITH U.S. GOVERNMENT; PRECEDENT SHIELDS REPORTERS FROM RETALIATION BY A SITTING PRESIDENT   Settlement agreement entered today affirms basis of PEN America’s challenge on behalf of its journalist Members who were threatened and retaliated against by President Trump. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2021 (New York, NY) […]

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  • ANNOUNCING THE 2021 PEN AMERICA LITERARY AWARDS FINALISTS

    PEN America is honored to announce the finalists for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards. Each year, our Literary Awards are juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning writers, editors, translators, and critics from diverse backgrounds and around the globe. Collectively, our dedicated judges read over 1,850 books this cycle in their commitment to recognizing literary […]

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  • PEN AMERICA: FAQs on free speech and the Capitol Hill insurrection

    Last week’s lawless insurrection on Capitol Hill raised a series of questions about free speech, the First Amendment, and protest rights. Should presidents be banned from Twitter and Facebook? Should tech companies refuse to host social networks sites like Parler? What defines “hate speech” and “incitement”?   This statement was originally published on pen.org on 11 January […]

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  • Book Aid International’s Year of 2020: 867,567 Books sent to refugee camps in 19 Countries

    HOME Read Publishing Perspectives here January 13, 2021 By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Solar lamps as well as hundreds of thousands of books were in play in 2020 as Book Aid International’s logistics team and donor-publishers got books to refugee camps as well as libraries.   Eunice Eyi Dotse, a student in Ghana, studies with […]

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  • Barack Obama receives PEN America Voice of Influence Award 2020

    Barack Obama and the Freedom to Write   PEN America’s Virtual Gala this week was a celebration of the power of words. As part of the ceremony, President Barack Obama received the PEN America Voice of Influence Award for “the power of his soaring words, the promises he has unlocked in our nation, and the […]

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  • Exhibition exploring online misinformation to tour NZ

    Tohatoha and InternetNZ to bring ‘The Glass Room’ to Kiwi schools and libraries  A globally successful public exhibition that explores how social media and the Internet have changed the way we interact with information online is set to visit New Zealand for the first time, with support from Tohatoha and InternetNZ. Called The Glass Room: […]

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  •  #CreativeWitnesses and #FreeExpression – Pen International film

    A PEN International filmed event shares a film called Creative Witnesses, which will be premiered on YouTube on Thursday, 15th October.    #CreativeWitnesses and #FreeExpression. It will showcase new and original creative work by musicians and artists, inspired by writers who have been imprisonned, harassed, or even lost their lives because of their commitment to freedom […]

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  • People’s Communication Commission – FEEDBACK – Pantograph Punch residency

    Thank you for taking the time to convey your concerns to the People’s Communications Commission. Use this form to make a complaint about content you have seen or heard from a televised broadcast, cinema/film, radio station, or via Internet Social Media platforms. Have you seen discriminatory content? Submissions to this form close on the 26th […]

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  • International author community concerned over reports of Hong Kong Book Bans

     17TH AUGUST 2020 FREEDOM OF SPEECH,  NEWS The International Authors Forum (IAF) is extremely concerned by reports in the BBC News, The Guardian, Global Times and The Wall Street Journal among others that books by Joshua Wong, prominent protester, and Tanya Chan, Hong Kong politician, have been removed from public libraries as the new Chinese Security Law is implemented in Hong Kong. Bans […]

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  • Joint statement: The decline of press freedom in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong has wasted little time in curbing its citizens’ liberties by using the new security law to curtail peaceful speech and protests and arrest critics. This was evidenced last week by the arrest of prominent Hong Kong media owner Jimmy Lai, along with other journalists and activists, as well as sanctions against at least […]

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  • Behrouz Boochani granted refugee status in New Zealand

    Behrouz Boochani granted refugee status The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) is absolutely thrilled to hear of the decision to resettle Behrouz Boochani in Aotearoa. He is a writer of great importance and his activism on behalf of detainees in Australian-run detention centres is to be applauded. […]

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  • ARRESTING DISSENT: LEGISLATIVE RESTRICTIONS ON THE RIGHT TO PROTEST

    Basic democratic rights have increasingly come under siege since the 2016 election, and not just at the federal level. In this report, Arresting Dissent: Legislative Restrictions on the Right to Protest, PEN America shines a spotlight on the proliferation of state-level legislative proposals seeking to limit protest rights. READ THE FULL REPORT » PEN America has documented […]

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