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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 is concerned by the military junta’s recent amendments to Myanmar’s education system, which seek to promote the use of Burmese at the expense of other languages. In a country riven by conflict, these exclusionary amendments risk exacerbating ethnic divisions by infringing upon the linguistic rights of ethnic minority communities and increasing educational barriers for non-native Burmese speakers. On 30 October 2022, amendments to Myanmar’s 2014 National Education Law (NEL) were published in the junta-controlled Myanmar Alin Daily, the …

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PEN International and PEN Philippines are outraged at the killing of poet, musician and activist, Ericson Acosta, and call for an urgent and transparent investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. On 30 November 2022, Acosta was reportedly killed during a military operation in Kabankalan, located in the province of Negros Occidental in the Philippines. The Philippine Army claimed that two bodies were found following a clash with armed communist rebels. While the military did not initially identify those deceased, …

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Dear friends, I am absolutely thrilled to let you know that news editor, reporter, poet, and honorary PEN member Nedim Türfent has just been released from prison. Here is our joint statement with MLSA welcoming his long-awaited freedom: https://pen-international.org/news/turkiye-nedim-turfent-released-from-prison We shared the good news on our social media channels: https://twitter.com/pen_int/status/1597538627621642240 You can also find more pictures on MLSA’s twitter feed: https://twitter.com/mlsaturkey We will seek to speak with Nedim shortly to see what we can do to best support him now …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 1 December 2022 ASSANGE FAMILY RESPOND TO PM’S STATEMENT ‘I HAVE RAISED THIS ISSUE WITH THE U.S. GOVT’ “I have raised this personally with representatives of the United States government. My position is clear and has been made clear to the US administration that it is time that this matter be brought to a close. This is an Australian citizen.” – Prime Minister Albanese. Yesterday in Parliament, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese answered a question from the …

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This interview is with Mammad Aidani from PEN Melbourne committee, and whilst the website is in Turkish, Mammad speaks in English throughout the interview. İranlı Yazar Aidani PİRHA’ya konuştu: Protestolar genç kadınların devrimi, korkmuyoruz!-VİDEO Yayın Tarihi: 16 Kasım 2022 – 11:14 66 Paylaş PİRHA- İranlı sanatçı, oyun yazarı, şair ve insan hakları aktivisti Mammad Aidani, Jîna Mahsa Amini’nin rejim güçleri tarafından katledilmesi sonrası başlayan protestoları devrim olarak niteledi. Aidani, “Bu sürecin de bir parçası olmamız gerekiyor. Artık insanların kaybedecek hiçbir …

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