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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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  Wai Moe Naing is a writer, activist, and member of PEN Myanmar. He began writing as a student, with his first short story being published in Teen Magazine at the age of 13. His writing has since been published in several literary outlets, including Khit Yanantthit Magazine and Pae Tin Tharn Journal. In the immediate aftermath of the military coup, Wai Moe Naing rose to prominence as a leader of the anti-coup protest movement and was among those who …

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The vestigial stump of blasphemy laws in Australia “Allah is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed Bhagwan” – Sami Shah, by way of Friedrich Nietzsche.   It should be safe for me to write that. It’s just words after all. At best, it’s a bit of harmless satire, remixing the words of a great philosopher to challenge the beliefs of billions of people who put faith in higher powers. At worst, it’s a provocation; but not in the …

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International Hrant Dink Award Ceremony 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mmUPCAsFvs The 14th International Hrant Dink Award laureates were announced during the online ceremony which took place on Thursday September 15 at 20:00. The award was granted to Human Rights Foundation of Turkey for its invaluable contribution to the building of a world free from torture and ill-treatment, the advancing of democracy, and the protection of human dignity and to Shaharzad Akbar for her resolve to put an end to the gender discrimination rampant …

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To Book tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/964039 About David McBride is a former Australian Defence Force lawyer, who gained notoriety for leaking materials exposing war crimes committed by members of Australia’s Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan. After reporting his findings through the necessary chain of command to no avail, McBride offered his findings to journalists at the ABC. ‘The Afghan Files’ include multiple incidents of Special Forces troops killing unarmed civilians, including children and raised wider concerns around the “warrior culture” of …

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