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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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The relationship between Australia and the United States has long been cordial and productive. Founded in the same era, both post-colonial democracies and now partners in a 70-year military alliance, we share both our language and our cultural affinities. That relationship has, however, had challenges from its earliest days. In 1804 an Australian sealer, Joseph Murrell, was seized and held captive by a group of Americans who were also hoping to harvest the rich seal colonies of King Island. He …

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Image: Edward Crawford (Shutterstock) 20 October: PEN International strongly condemns the mounting violations of freedom of expression, including the killings and intimidation of journalists and systematic silencing of critical voices, in light of the recent escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas. PEN International stresses that journalists should be able to report on wars and conflicts freely and safely. Critical voices should be free to dissent and express themselves without fear or intimidation. Attacks on journalists and media infrastructures The …

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The Hon. Anthony Albanese, MP Prime Minister of Australia PO Box 5100, Marrickville, NSW, 2204.   2 October, 2023   Dear Prime Minister We of Pax Christi, Victoria, wish to express both our concern and dismay that after 12 years of persecution, Julian Assange is still in detention in the notorious Belmarsh prison.  He is in solitary confinement, when ironically, he has never been charged or convicted except for a minor charge of breaking bail for which he was sentenced …

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From: Iran Action Group <iran-action-group@googlegroups.com> Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2023, 10:36 pm Subject: Updates on Narges and Nasrin Dear all, I hope this email finds you well. Please accept my apologies for the lack of communication recently. We have been overwhelmed by the ongoing war in Israel/oPt. I wanted to flag that we have received very worrying information from Narges’ family regarding her health condition. She has a serious heart condition, which requires her transfer to a hospital. However, the …

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Click below to see the video message from Aunty Pat Anderson https://vimeo.com/878527578/e918c30ad7?share=copy&mc_cid=78c5e6879c&mc_eid=8513087295&fbclid=IwAR2zRCO_XhKnYgf6wua6FglAkRHFq01MRBhxEaj5AxfQM2LBPyi7qA2I8vk

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