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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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We stand with Salman Rushdie August 20, 2022 Creative Commons licenced image – author CK The assassination attempt on Salman Rushdie is an attack on freedom of expression.  In it there is a warning and a lesson! PEN Centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth strongly and unreservedly condemn the attempt to kill Salman Rushdie last Friday morning New York local time. Salman Rushdie was invited to the Chautauqua Institution to speak about “the importance of the US offering asylum for …

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Converge On Canberra Rally Speeches On the 28th July 2022, approximately 150 people gathered on the Lawns of Parliament House in support of Julian Assange. The following speeches were recorded by Cathy Vogan from Consortium News Senator David Shoebridge “No Australian citizen should face over a century in jail for the crime of telling the truth” https://twitter.com/Consortiumnews/status/1553200327821668352 https://youtu.be/pn3bH79qw1s Senator Jordon Steele-John “Julian Assange today should be a free man. He is a publisher. His organisation Wikileaks obtains & publishes, freely, information it obtains: the …

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Put Porter’s legacy to rest – and get Assange home The legacies of the Morrison government and, in particular, the legacy of former Attorney-General Christian Porter have been damaging to many sectors of our society, the system of justice being a crucial one. The partisan appointments to the AAT is one aspect of that damage, but the ones that most concern the Alliance Against Political Prosecutions (AAPP) are the prosecutions of Bernard Collaery, Witness K, David McBride and Richard Boyle. …

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The PEN Melbourne Peace Committee is supporting the coalition organising this important rally. On 6 August 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing some 150,000 civilians. A few days later, another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. We need to organise so this crime against humanity is never repeated. That means organising to stop the drive to war today, with the danger of nuclear confrontation between the US and Russia, and the US and …

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International PEN Melbourne Centre ULURU Statement from the Heart:   ACTION Support for a Voice to Parliament to be Enshrined in the Constitution The International PEN Melbourne Centre works on the lands of the the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation and we recognise that the sovereignty of these lands has never been ceded. PEN Melbourne acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have suffered historic and ongoing silencing since the colonisation of Australia beginning …

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