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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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PEN Melbourne continues the calls for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. We are appalled by the detention and intimidation of Palestinian poet, writer, and President of PEN Palestine, Hanan Awwad, by Israeli soldiers at the Hizma checkpoint in East Jerusalem on Thursday 11 July. We continue to be outraged by the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe of the Israeli/ Occupied Palestinian Territories war now in its ninth month since the 7 …

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Report in The Citizen of the FREE EVENT: Media Freedom & Democracy in Hong Kong: the Trial of Jimmy Lai https://www.thecitizen.org.au/articles/conspiracy-to-commit-journalism-human-rights-lawyers-want-journalists-out-of-political-crosshairs ‘Conspiracy to commit journalism’: Human rights lawyers want journalists out of political crosshairs The release of Julian Assange signals hope for detained publishers and journalists around the world, human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson tells a Melbourne forum advocating for Hong Kong political prisoner and media mogul Jimmy Lai. James Costa reports.  Attendees pose for a photo with ‘Free Jimmy …

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About the Event Following 7 October 2023, 22-year-old Palestinian journalist Plestia Alaqad found herself reporting from a war zone in Gaza. Documenting her experiences first-hand on Instagram to over 4.5 million followers, Alaqad quickly became known worldwide for her fearless reporting. Her work has been featured in Al Jazeera, the BBC, the New York Times, and many other media outlets. She arrived in Australia in late 2023. At this special event, Alaqad will share her story with host Samah Sabawi, …

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This event will be at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne City Conference Centre When Wednesday, 14 Aug 2024, 07:00pm – 08:15pm Bookings: https://www.wheelercentre.com/events/plestia-alaqad-in-conversation/ About the Event Following 7 October 2023, 22-year-old Palestinian journalist Plestia Alaqad found herself reporting from a war zone in Gaza. Documenting her experiences first-hand on Instagram to over 4.5 million followers, Alaqad quickly became known worldwide for her fearless reporting. Her work has been featured in Al Jazeera, the BBC, the New York Times, and many other …

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