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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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TURKEY Dear Ahmet Altan, your magic is stronger than their walls Letter to a brave writer imprisoned in Turkey for telling the truth on Erdogan’s regime and refusing to submit to evil. His freedom denied must concern us all di Roberto Saviano Corriere Della Sera Dear Ahmet, as of today, February 6, 2021, you’ve been jailed in Turkey for 1589 days, that is, since September 23, 2016. Your crime? Being a writer. 1589 days. Not years, but days. Counting jail …

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Analogue Iran by Ali MC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ICs6EKbBGs Geelong Regional Libraries In August and September 2019, documentary photographer Ali MC spent four weeks capturing the diversity of Iran through black and white 35mm film. The result is Analog Iran, an online exhibition which explores the diversity of a country that is often stereotyped in the media. From the border of Afghanistan to the bustling metropolis of Tehran, these photographs bring to life the everyday lives of Iranian people. Ali’s work shows the …

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Victorian Writer January 2021 PEN column Paul Morgan COVID and the Kingdom of Fear ‘How was your lockdown?’ a friend asked when we met for a picnic in the Botanic Gardens. After the long COVID hibernation, it felt strange to be socialising again, yet the honest answer was ‘fine!’ Like many of us who write for a living (and don’t have children at home), my routines were largely unchanged. Yet I wasn’t immune to the fears and anxiety which we …

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  Feb 18, 2021 —  “New: The Court has now granted Julian’s team an extension until March 29th to reply to the US appeal grounds/cross-appeal. The High Court will decide whether it will allow the US permission to appeal after March 29th. More below. Please share+support.”: Source Stella Moris  Also Senator Peter Whish-Wilson in the Senate this week. He is the Senator that tabled the petition of Phillip Adams in the Australian Parliament. https://youtu.be/8xJLmPXEo1U ————————————————–A coalition of 25 major human …

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Though WikiLeaks founder will not be extradited to the U.S., the America-led war on the press goes on. In an exclusive interview with Brazilian journalist Edu Montesanti, Chomsky strongly opposes Washington’s accusation, that the Australian journalist poses a threat to American security: “The persecution of Assange is politically motivated“ By Edu Montesanti, 07.02.2021 – Pressenza IPA https://www.pressenza.com/2021/02/assange-verdict-severe-blow-to-press-freedom-chomsky/?fbclid=IwAR1j_XREMPpGjpnqEF3y6IO33y5K9za4-bCYXTrdOhjWNmLjqw5AvAQ-lKY British Judge Vanessa Baraitser has blocked Julian Assange’s extradition from the U.K to the U.S., last January, the 4th. She found that because U.S. prison conditions …

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