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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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Wednesday, April 17 Protect, Not Punish: Whistleblower prosecutions and Australian journalism Join Sami Shah, Kieran Pender, Rick Morton, and Karen Percy for an urgent discussion on whistleblower prosecutions and journalism By PEN International Melbourne Centre Book tickets on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/protect-not-punish-whistleblower-prosecutions-and-australian-journalism-tickets-865985274267 Date and time Wednesday, April 17 · 6:30 – 7:30pm AEST Location Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne Royal Parade Parkville, VIC 3052 Refund Policy Contact the organizer to request a refund. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. About this …

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International PEN Melbourne Centre Statement: Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories war 19 March, 2024 Literature knows no frontiers and must remain common currency among people in spite of political or international upheavals. PEN International Charter The  committee members of International PEN Melbourne Centre abhor the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe of the Israeli/ Occupied Palestinian Territories war now in its fifth month. Unspeakable atrocities are reported each day since the 7 October Hamas attack on Israel followed by Israel’s declaration of war against Hamas. …

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26 March 2024: We – PEN International and the undersigned PEN Centres – renew our call to immediately free Julian Assange following today’s UK High Court’s decision to adjourn his permission to appeal his extradition order, on the grounds that his extradition would breach his right to freedom of expression, that he might be prejudiced on account on his nationality, and that he might potentially face the death penalty. The Court has given the UK and the US permission to …

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“The role that writers can play in times of uncertainty, diligently curating narratives to nourish empathy, encompassing glimpses of joy and ultimately offering the gift of hope, lacks formal recognition, and this lack of acknowledgement or coherent protections can ultimately decimate expression and propel rampant self-censorship.” – Ma Thida, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee 21 March 2024: On World Poetry Day, PEN International releases War, Censorship, and Persecution: PEN International Case List 2023/2024, highlighting challenges for writers …

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Wednesday, April 17 Protect, Not Punish: Whistleblower prosecutions and Australian journalism Join Sami Shah, Kieran Pender, Rick Morton, and Karen Percy for an urgent discussion on whistleblower prosecutions and journalism By PEN International Melbourne Centre Book tickets on Eventbrite 📈 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/protect-not-punish-whistleblower-prosecutions-and-australian-journalism-tickets-865985274267 Date and time Wednesday, April 17 · 6:30 – 7:30pm AEST Location Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne Royal Parade Parkville, VIC 3052 Refund Policy Contact the organizer to request a refund. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. About …

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