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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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The Art of Resistance: Behrouz Boochani in Conversation Join Behrouz Boochani for his last public appearance in Melbourne in conversation with Arnold Zable. By PEN Melbourne When and where Date and time Mon, Feb 13, 2023, 6:30 PM AEDT Location Solidarity Hall, Victorian Trades Hall 54 Victoria Street Carlton, VIC 3053 Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-art-of-resistance-behrouz-boochani-in-conversation-tickets-528896663157 An evening with Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist, human rights defender and film producer, Behrouz Boochani in conversation with writer and human rights activist, Arnold Zable. With a tribute …

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The Art of Resistance: Behrouz Boochani in Conversation Date and time Mon, Feb 13, 2023, 6:30 PM AEDT Location Solidarity Hall, Victorian Trades Hall 54 Victoria Street Carlton, VIC 3053   An evening with Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist, human rights defender and film producer, Behrouz Boochani in conversation with writer and human rights activist, Arnold Zable. With a tribute to poet and refugee activist, Janet Galbraith, the founder of Writing Through Fences, and long-time collaborator with Behrouz. Behrouz Boochani was imprisoned …

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The tide is turning for Assange: PEN Update   By Con Pakavakis, PEN Melbourne Writers for Peace Committee   Since a PEN Melbourne and Sydney meeting in Parliament House with senior Labor MP Graham Perrett, there seems to have been a flurry of movement giving rise to increased hopes that PM Albanese and his government are seriously seeking an unconditional release of Julian Assange.   The official Assange Campaign has released an optimistic press statement which is included below this …

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Victorian Writer, PEN column March 2022   The bottom drawer Paul Morgan A PEN Column, first published in Victorian Writer, November 2022   Do you have an unpublished manuscript filed away on your computer? If you’re a writer, then it’s a sure bet that a short story or two – or even a novel – is gathering dust in that ‘bottom drawer’. You may have spent years on a work. Your friends liked it! There was the exhilaration of typing …

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_QqpYATupw On January 20, 2023, Democracy Now! is livestreaming the Belmarsh Tribunal from Washington, D.C. The event will feature expert testimony from journalists, whistleblowers, lawyers, publishers and parliamentarians on assaults to press freedom and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Watch here live at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, January 20. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and Srecko Horvat, the co-founder of DiEM25, will chair the tribunal, which is being organized by Progressive International and the Wau Holland Foundation. 0:00 …

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