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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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Poets for Myanmar: 111 Days of Protest Fundraiser for PEN Myanmar. Readings by and with Myanmarese writers and poets. Saturday 22 May 2021, 2pm LaMama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poets-for-myanmar111-days-of-protest-tickets-154346331031?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=estw&utm-source=tw&utm-term=listing     International PEN Melbourne Centre   MYANMAR   International PEN Melbourne Centre condemns the Myanmar Military Regime’s deadly use of force against its own citizens including poets and journalists since the coup of 1 February 2021. The Military junta has ramped up surveillance of opponents and arrests, including of …

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Poets for Myanmar: 111 Days of Protest Fundraiser for PEN Myanmar. Readings by and with Myanmarese writers and poets. Saturday 22 May 2021, 2pm LaMama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poets-for-myanmar111-days-of-protest-tickets-154346331031?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=estw&utm-source=tw&utm-term=listing

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Fundraiser for PEN Melbourne Screening of The Dissident Supporting our work on behalf of persecuted writers. Tuesday 18 May 2021, 6.40pm. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-dissident-fundraiser-for-pen-melbourne-tickets-152452939847 You are doubt be familiar with the horrific story of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Mr Khashoggi disappeared after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, 2018. He  never came out. His fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, waited outside for 12 hours. Hatice Cengiz and dissidents around the world are left to piece together the clues to a brutal murder and expose …

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Poets for Myanmar: 111 Days of Protest Fundraiser for PEN Myanmar. Readings by and with Myanmarese writers and poets. Saturday 22 May 2021, 2pm LaMama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poets-for-myanmar111-days-of-protest-tickets-154346331031?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=estw&utm-source=tw&utm-term=listing ‘They shoot in the head, but they don’t know the revolution is in the heart.’  Khet Thi This week we learned of the torture and death of the poet, Khet Th (above), in Myanmar. He wrote out of resistance to the ruling junta. Khet Thi died in detention, and his family …

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Fundraiser for PEN Myanmar. Readings by and with Myanmarese writers and poets. Saturday 22 May 2021, 2pm LaMama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poets-for-myanmar111-days-of-protest-tickets-154346331031?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=estw&utm-source=tw&utm-term=listing ‘They shoot in the head, but they don’t know the revolution is in the heart.’  Khet Thi This week we learned of the torture and death of the poet, Khet Th (above), in Myanmar. He wrote out of resistance to the ruling junta. Khet Thi died in detention, and his family reported that his body was returned …

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