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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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At the Wheeler Centre: Monday 15 November 2021, 6.30pm-7.30pmat wheelercentre.comBook now Together in Literature: 100 Years of PEN International Tickets available at the link below: https://www.wheelercentre.com/events/together-in-literature-100-years-of-pen-international For 100 years, PEN has been committed to defending the freedom of all people to express ideas without fear of attack, arrest, murder or other forms of persecution. This centenary arrives at a time when borders are closing, authoritarianism is ascendant and the voices of many are silenced. In the face of this opposition, PEN …

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Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA’s secret war plans against WikiLeaks Zach Dorfman, Sean D. Naylor and Michael Isikoff September 26, 2021·39 min read In 2017, as Julian Assange began his fifth year holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London, the CIA plotted to kidnap the WikiLeaks founder, spurring heated debate among Trump administration officials over the legality and practicality of such an operation. Some senior officials inside the CIA and the Trump administration even discussed killing …

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You are not alone – 100 years of PEN International A series of podcasts produced by ABC Radio National Writers go to prison for the courageous pursuit of their craft and PEN has been working for decades to get them out.  In this six part series Melbourne writer Arnold Zable tells the story of PEN International – from its creation out of the scars of World War 1 to bring societies together through their literature, to its growing human rights work across …

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  A win for transparency, but now Collaery prosecution must be dropped Kieran Pender Senior lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre October 7, 2021 — 11.46am Read the original article in The Age: https://www.theage.com.au/national/a-win-for-transparency-but-now-collaery-prosecution-must-be-dropped-20211007-p58xyu.html The sorry saga of the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, an eminent Canberra lawyer, has seen a number of unhappy chapters. His prosecution, for Collaery’s alleged role in exposing Australia’s espionage against friendly neighbours Timor-Leste, is profoundly unjust. But the Attorney-General’s attempt to shroud the trial …

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Action is urgently needed. Petition for more refugees. The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre has a petition urging the government to accept more Afghan refugees, if you are interested to sign. https://action.asrc.org.au/afghanistan_action Donations for immediate food, blankets and tents PEN Melbourne has links with WISA which is in partnership with Afghan Women’s Organisation Victoria, AWOV, and supports their fundraiser. They have a long history of supporting women in Afghanistan.

As a member of PEN Melbourne, you will receive a monthly Update with news about our activities and campaigns, and invitations to a program of events with renowned Australian and international writers and activists. The PEN Melbourne Journal is also produced twice a year and distributed free to members.

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