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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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Update – 20 September 2022 On 20 September 2022, a court in Ipsala, northwestern Turkey, found Meral Şimşek guilty of ‘entering a restricted military area’ and sentenced her to one year and eight months in prison. She said she would appeal against her conviction. In a separate case, Şimşek was found guilty of ‘making terrorist propaganda’ and sentenced to one year and three months in prison in October 2021. Her appeal is ongoing. PEN International believes that Meral Şimşek is …

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  Truth Not War UN Peace Day Rally State Library, NAARM, 18 September, 2022 by Con Pakavakis, PEN Melbourne Writers For Peace SBS News If you missed the story about our UN Peace Day Rally& Mexico & Albo in London on SBS World News last night (Sunday), here is a link. The Assange story starts at the 24.08 min mark. (You need an SBS OnDemand log in) https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/sbs-world-news   Ruptly 3mins video https://www.ruptly.tv/en/videos/20220918-029-Australia-That-s-not-a-crime-that-s-journalism-Assange-supporters-gather-outside-British-Consulate-in-Melbourne Dear Peace Day speakers, musicians and organisers, …

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Kylie Moore-Gilbert (The Uncaged Sky), Louisa Lim ( Indelible City) and Michelle Aung Thin (Hasina: Through My Eyes) discuss fighting- and writing – for freedom from the frontlines of human rights crises, with Arnold Zable.

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On Wednesday 31 August 2022 the Iranian Writers Association (IWA) announced in a statement that Arash Ganji was being transferred to Rajaei-Shahr Prison under a fabricated accusation. Arash Ganji is a writer and member of IWA, which advocates for freedom of expression and an end to censorship. In December 2019 Ganji was arrested and detained at Evin Prison for 29 days for his translation of a book about a Kurdish-led uprising in northern Syria, a year later he was sentenced …

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Writing Wrongs Sun 11 Sep, 10.30am Book Now Three writers from the frontlines of human rights crises share their remarkable stories of fighting – and writing – for freedom. Academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert (The Uncaged Sky) was incarcerated in an Iranian prison for 804 gruelling days, surviving by acts of resistance and smuggled letters. Journalist Louisa Lim (Indelible City) covered the artists trying to reclaim their story amidst the erosion of civil liberties in Hong Kong. Author of Hasina: Through My …

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