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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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A Poem Dedicated to Bakhtash Abtin by Mammad Aidani This poem is dedicated to Bakhtash Abtin, a political prisoner, poet, documentary and filmmaker who died in custody on the 8th of January 2022. Abtin was a board member of the Iranian Writers’ Association. A group of political prisoners in Iran and the Iranian Writers Association said: “the death of Abtin is part of the Iranian regime’s systematic killing of imprisoned dissidents”. From this window, I see A tree The empty …

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Home PEN America, Joined by PEN Sydney and PEN Melbourne, Mourns Baktash Abtin’s Death in Solidarity with the Iranian Writers’ Association and Abtin’s Family PEN America, Joined by PEN Sydney and PEN Melbourne, Mourns Baktash Abtin’s Death in Solidarity with the Iranian Writers’ Association and Abtin’s Family January 11, 2022 (New York, NY) — Following the devastating death of prominent Iranian poet, filmmaker, free expression advocate, and 2021 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write honoree Baktash Abtin in state custody from COVID-19 …

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Victorian Writer, PEN column December 2021 Paul Morgan The empty chair PEN Melbourne is having a meeting soon. It’s a chance to come together at last after the lockdowns (how many did we endure?) and have a real-life, face to face catch-up. It’s a chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones. We’ve one new member who’d love to be there too – Nedim – but he can’t make it unfortunately. He’s unavoidably detained . . . …

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Petition update from change.org Stella Moris statement on Julian Assange’s Supreme Court appeal Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign United Kingdom Dec 24, 2021 —  December 23, 2021 — This morning at 11:05 Julian Assange filed an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court the High Court’s ruling that he can be extradited to the US on three grounds. The High Court’s ruling in USA v Assange raises three points of law of general public importance that have an impact …

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Nedim’s letter as a pdf: Nedim letter Nov 2021 ******* Today marks 2000 days behind bars for reporter and poet Nedim Türfent. Today marks 2000 days behind bars for reporter and poet Nedim Türfent. We urge his immediate and unconditional release and stand in solidarity with all the journalists unjustly imprisoned in Turkey #FreeNedimTürfent #FreeTurkeyJournalists   Bugün, gazeteci ve şair Nedim Türfent’in parmaklıklar ardındaki 2000. günü. Nedim’in derhal ve koşulsuz tahliyesini talep ediyoruz ve Türkiye’de hukuksuzca hapsedilmiş tüm gazetecilerin yanında …

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