• 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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  • 45 International Orgs call for release of imprisonment of Kurdish journalist Nedim Turfent

    Today, the International Press Institute (IPI), PEN International, Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) and 42 undersigned organisations mark the 1,500th day of Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent’s imprisonment with a renewed call for his immediate and unconditional release.   Türfent, who was predominantly reporting on the Kurdish issues, was detained on May 12, 2016, shortly […]

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  • Toward a More Just World: A PEN America Statement

    June 1, 2020 We wanted to share with you a statement on behalf of PEN America reflecting on the killing of George Floyd and the outrage and sorrow we have experienced in recent days. We welcome your questions, comments, and insights. In solidarity, Jennifer Egan, PEN America President Suzanne Nossel, PEN America CEO   As […]

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  • NEW FREEDOM TO WRITE INDEX – 2019 REVIEW OF IMPRISONED WRITERS

    The Freedom to Write Index, PEN America’s first annual global count of writers and public intellectuals unjustly detained or imprisoned worldwide.   Covering Jan – Dec 2019, the inaugural Freedom to Write Index shows that at least 238 writers and public intellectuals were imprisoned or held in detention in 2019, facing often brutal treatment and […]

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  • AMANI: Africa Creative Defence Network launches to defend free speech – PEN

    As authoritarian regimes crackdown on dissent, artists and creatives are bearing the brunt of the pressure, finding themselves at risk of threats, harassment, arrest, imprisonment, torture, and even death because of their creative work. This has become only more of a reality during the COVID-19 pandemic, as governments exploit “emergency powers” to silence criticism.   […]

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  • The PEN Pod By PEN America

    From PEN America As an organization that’s all about the literary community, PEN America knows that the current health crisis is hitting our Members and friends particularly hard. Check out PEN America’s new podcast, “The PEN Pod,” featuring conversations with writers like PEN America President Jennifer Egan, PEN/Jean Stein Book Award winner Yiyun Li, and former […]

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  • 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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