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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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  Last Friday, home secretary Priti Patel gave her approval for the UK to send my husband, Julian Assange, to the country that plotted his assassination.   Julian remains imprisoned in Belmarsh after more than three years at the behest of US prosecutors. He faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years for arguably the most celebrated publications in the history of journalism.   Patel’s decision to extradite Julian has sent shockwaves across the journalism community. The home secretary …

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Solidarity with Writers in prison In Iran 2022

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PEN Melbourne together with Melbourne4Assange, Castlemaine and Surrounds 4Assange, and Dandenong Ranges 4Assange groups are hosting a Rally and March on Julian Assange’s 51st birthday, Sunday 3 July. The Rally begins at 11am at the State Library and concludes with a March to the British Consulate at 90 Collins St where the PEN Empty Chair honouring imprisoned writers will be dedicated to Julian.  Guest Speakers We welcome Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens Senator for Victoria. Senator Rice has been an …

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@MaryKostakidis Australian journalist, who was reporting from the #Assange courtroom on the day of his minor stroke, describes what she saw and asks why his terrible appearance and what was happening to him never became an issue with the court. *** TIME IS NOW FOR STRONG ACTION ON ASSANGE by John Jiggens The UK Home Office has ordered the extradition of Julian Assange to the US. The UK courts found it would not be “incompatible with his human rights, …

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Wednesday 22 June, 2022, 6.30 to 9.30 pm Banquet Dinner (Vegetarian and meat dishes. BYO) Shamiat Syrian Restaurant 64 Victoria Road, Northcote $60 per person, bookings only Book by 15 June 2022 Book Here: For information, contact Mammad or Jackie Readings from Iranian writers in prison by writers in exile • Narges Mohammadi • Sedigeh Vasmaghi • Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee • Reza Khandan Mahabadi • Keyvan Bajan • Arash Ganji Baktash Abtim Iranian writer, poet, and filmmaker Freedom …

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