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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 Norway & PEN International call for release of Prof Dr Şebnem Korur Fincancı         STATEMENT:   Türkiye: Release prominent academic and human rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı   28 October 2022 – We, PEN Norway and PEN International, express our extreme concern at the formal arrest yesterday of prominent academic, forensic scientist, and leading human rights defender Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, on charges of disseminating propaganda for a terrorist organisation.   President of the Union …

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Where: The Wheeler Centre When:  Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022, 06:30pm – 07:30pm Julian Assange’s father John Shipton and lawyer Jennifer Robinson come together with journalist Rachael Brown to explore the personal, public and political implications of Julian’s imprisonment in the UK. Tickets You have the option to pay what you can for this for this event. As a guide, the suggested price is $15, although any amount will help cover our costs and keep these events accessible. Book at The …

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    RESOLUTION ON THE PROSECUTION OF JULIAN ASSANGE AND CERTIFICATION OF HIS EXTRADITION AS THREATS TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION   Proposed by Scottish PEN Seconded by PEN Melbourne   PEN International expresses serious concern over the continued prosecution in the US of Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian Assange and condemns the decision of the UK Home Secretary to certify his extradition, setting a dangerous precedent for journalists and publishers around the world. Assange faces up to 175 years in …

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RAPID ACTION NETWORK 17/10/2022 Update #1 to RAN 11/2020 This month marks the two-year anniversary since Pham Doan Trang was detained by the Vietnamese authorities, who subsequently sentenced her to nine years’ imprisonment for “Making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”, a charge frequently used to target those who criticise the government. PEN International believes that Pham Doan Trang has been unjustly sentenced for her peaceful expression and …

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  Wai Moe Naing is a writer, activist, and member of PEN Myanmar. He began writing as a student, with his first short story being published in Teen Magazine at the age of 13. His writing has since been published in several literary outlets, including Khit Yanantthit Magazine and Pae Tin Tharn Journal. In the immediate aftermath of the military coup, Wai Moe Naing rose to prominence as a leader of the anti-coup protest movement and was among those who …

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