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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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Thank you to everyone who came and stood up for Julian Assange yesterday at the State Library Rally and the march to the British Consulate where we let them know what we thought of their debased version of justice and democracy that would extradite the champion of truth who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, to the torture chambers of the perpetrators of the war crimes he exposed. Thank you to the great speakers: Robbie Thorpe for welcoming …

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  Last Friday, home secretary Priti Patel gave her approval for the UK to send my husband, Julian Assange, to the country that plotted his assassination.   Julian remains imprisoned in Belmarsh after more than three years at the behest of US prosecutors. He faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years for arguably the most celebrated publications in the history of journalism.   Patel’s decision to extradite Julian has sent shockwaves across the journalism community. The home secretary …

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Wednesday 22 June, 2022, 6.30 to 9.30 pm Banquet Dinner (Vegetarian and meat dishes. BYO) Shamiat Syrian Restaurant 64 Victoria Road, Northcote $60 per person, bookings only Book by 15 June 2022 Book Here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/evening-of-solidarity-with-imprisoned-writers-in-iran-tickets-322956219747 For information, contact Mammad or Jackie wip@penmelbourne.org Readings from Iranian writers in prison by writers in exile • Narges Mohammadi • Sedigeh Vasmaghi • Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee • Reza Khandan Mahabadi • Keyvan Bajan • Arash Ganji Baktash Abtim Iranian writer, poet, and filmmaker Freedom …

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Solidarity with Writers in prison In Iran 2022 https://youtu.be/aE1LgmZ6Pno

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To keep up with PEN International updates on Ukraine, click on the link below. https://pen-international.org/news/location/russia A poem by Olga Bragina, a Kyiv poet currently safe in Poland.   I don’t see why you must remember 1980s Kyiv Olga Bragina   I don’t see why you must remember 1980s Kyiv the white walls the sterile windows of the churches the empty silence the lines of white bandages and fresh asphalt still hot scorching underdone bitumen why you must remember the waterless …

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