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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 and the International Publishers Association are deeply concerned at a new wave of arrests of writers, journalists, publishers and civil society activists in China.

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The arrest of Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh on Human Rights Day shows the continuing complete disregard of the Iranian authorities for freedom of expression, PEN International said today.

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Net neutrality requires that the internet be maintained as an open platform, on which network providers treat all content, applications and services equally, without discrimination.

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PEN International continues to call for the immediate and unconditional release of Liu Xiaobo and wife, Liu Xia.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY – NOVEMBER 23PEN Melbourne AGM – November 26, 2014www.daytoendimpunity.org“When someone acts with impunity, it means that their actions have no consequences. Intimidation, threats, attacks and murders go unpunished. In the past 10 years, more than 500 journalists have been killed.Murder is the ultimate form of censorship, and media are undoubtedly on the frontlines of free expression. When journalists have been murdered, in 9 out of 10 cases the murderers have gone free. Countless other citizens, …

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