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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 International’s video in support of Assange, featuring our spokesperson Sabrina Tucci, which is being promoted by the Free Assange campaign and on our social media channels: https://twitter.com/FreeAssangeNews/status/1752746659723800886   12 February 2024: A public hearing in the extradition trial of Wikileaks editor, publisher, and founder Julian Assange, initiated by the US authorities in 2019, will occur on 20-21 February 2024. The two-day hearing will convene before a panel of two judges reviewing a prior High Court decision made by …

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Together with PEN Melbourne, we invite you to join Behrouz Boochani, Kylie Moore-Gilbert and host Karen Percy for a conversation about the importance of freedom of speech and press, and the role writers play in challenging oppressive regimes. Featuring Behrouz Boochani Kylie Moore-Gilbert Karen Percy About the Event Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani was imprisoned on Manus Island for over six years, and during that time he became acutely aware that oppression takes root when people look away. He was determined …

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International Women’s Day (IWD) 2024 Reading the poetry of women writers persecuted, incarcerated and killed   Join PEN Melbourne on Thursday 7 March, at 7pm Multipurpose Room 2 (upstairs, there is a lift) Kathleen Syme Centre 251 Faraday Street Carlton VIC 3053   $10 booking on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/international-womens-day-with-pen-melbourne-the-poetry-of-women-writers-tickets-827667344307?aff=oddtdtcreator   You’re invited to join PEN Melbourne members and friends for IWD 2024 when we’ll read the poetry of women writers unjustly incarcerated, killed and in other ways silenced. We will write cards …

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They frame to kill by Mammad Aidani The young children of Iran have been killed in the bud of their youth. The young ones never experienced freedom, justice, and the joy of growing up in their society. Iranians’ prisons continue to be full of innocent young adults who seek justice, freedom and democracy. Thousands have been arrested, including many protesters, as well as journalists, lawyers, social and environmental activists, and others. Among the imprisoned is Narges Mohammadi, the Nobel Peace …

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  STATEMENT 06/02/2024 China: writer Yang Hengjun handed suspended death sentence following deeply flawed trial PEN International joins the undersigned PEN Centres in condemning the handing down of a suspended death to Australian writer Yang Hengjun, five years after he was detained and accused of espionage. The sentence will result in Yang spending the rest of his life in prison unless he can make a successful appeal. On 5 February 2024, reports emerged that Yang Hengjun had been given a …

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