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The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International was set up in 1960 as a result of mounting concern about attempts to silence critical voices around the world. An office was set up at the PEN head office in London to gather information and to alert the PEN membership to take action. The WiPC is now staffed by a team of experts who monitor around 1,000 attacks on writers, journalists, editors, poets, publishers and others in any given year. These include long prison terms, harassment, threats, and murder.

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June 27, 2021 PEN Melbourne is proud to have Nedim Türfent as our Honorary Member. We have recently received confirmation from Nedim from his prison in Van, Turkey, and through the broader PEN International network, that he welcomes his membership to PEN Melbourne. Nedim is a journalist, editor and poet. He was detained in May 2016 after reporting on Turkish special forces’ ill-treatment of Turkish and Kurdish workers, in south-east Turkey. He published footage of this treatment and immediately began receiving …

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The_hate_speech_toolkit_EN_110621_WEB Practical advice for people who being harassed online. This pdf was produced by PEN Finland.

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A special afternoon at La Mama, very much in the PEN Melbourne spirit of hearing the voices of the people. We were supported so well by the Myanmarese community who read from the poetry of their poets, some in prison, some murdered and others courageously maintaining the protest movement against the Junta. Photos by Arnold Zable

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Victorian Writer, PEN column June 2021 Paul Morgan Picture this . . . Lights Out Weary but wakeful, feverish but still fixed on the evasive bulb that winks on the wall, thinking surely it’s time for lights out, longing for darkness, for the total black-out.   Trapped in distress, caught in this bad dream, the dust under my feet untouchable as shame, flat on the cold ground, a span for a bed, lying side by side, with a blanket on …

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Poets for Myanmar: 111 Days of Protest Fundraiser for PEN Myanmar. Readings by and with Myanmarese writers and poets. Saturday 22 May 2021, 2pm LaMama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poets-for-myanmar111-days-of-protest-tickets-154346331031?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=estw&utm-source=tw&utm-term=listing     International PEN Melbourne Centre   MYANMAR   International PEN Melbourne Centre condemns the Myanmar Military Regime’s deadly use of force against its own citizens including poets and journalists since the coup of 1 February 2021. The Military junta has ramped up surveillance of opponents and arrests, including of …

As a member of PEN Melbourne, you will receive a monthly Update with news about our activities and campaigns, and invitations to a program of events with renowned Australian and international writers and activists. The PEN Melbourne Journal is also produced twice a year and distributed free to members.

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