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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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World Press Freedom Day 2022: Take Action for Ismail al-Iskandrani May 3: Today, on World Press Freedom Day 2022, PEN International features the case of investigative journalist Ismail al-Iskandrani, detained by the Egyptian authorities for exercising his right to freedom of expression through his work. “No crisis, be it political, cultural, social or economic, can truly be addressed without an independent and free press. Freedom to criticise governments, administrations and institutions is necessary for the advancement of the world towards …

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AALITRA/PEN Translation Awards 2022 The Australian Association for Literary Translation (AALITRA) and PEN Melbourne now invite entries for the 2022 AALITRA/PEN Translation Awards. The AALITRA/PEN Translation Awards aim to acknowledge the wealth of literary translation skills present in the Australian community. Prizes are awarded for a translation of a selected prose text and for a translation of a selected poem, with the focus on a different language each time the prize is offered. In 2022, the focus language is Arabic. The prose …

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A vigil will be held on World Press Freedom Day for Julian Assange at the British Consulate, 5.00 pm to 5.30 pm, Tuesday 3rd May at 90 Collins Street, Melbourne. Join us to voice your concerns for press freedom in Australia and worldwide. We call for the UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, to end all extradition proceedings and to free Assange immediately.

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This year, PEN International calls for the release of Poet Maung Yu Py, detained by the Burmese authorities for exercising his right to freedom of expression through poetry. We have produced an action page, social media messages and audio visuals to promote this case. Please note that all materials are under embargo until Monday 21 March at 9am UK time. Links below will go live on Monday 21 March at 9am UK time.   World Poetry Day: Take action for …

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