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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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Dear PEN members, We’d like to bring to your attention a review of the film ‘Utopia’ written by one of our own members, Kieran Finnane. As you’ll see the views presented by Kieran provide a marked contrast to the review included in my recent email to you all published by Aljazeera. Best wishes, Josephine Scicluna for PEN Melbourne

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A PEN Melbourne Women Writers event marking International Women’s Day. Introduction by PEN Melbourne committee member and prominent writer Arnold Zable.

As a member of PEN Melbourne, you will receive a monthly Update with news about our activities and campaigns, and invitations to a program of events with renowned Australian and international writers and activists. The PEN Melbourne Journal is also produced twice a year and distributed free to members.

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