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China: Renewed crackdown on writers and journalists ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen protests

China: Renewed crackdown on writers and journalists ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen protests

London, 7 May 2014 - Five prominent dissident writers arrested for taking part in events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy protests should be released immediately and unconditionally, PEN International said today. Two of those detained are members of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), an affliate centre of the global...
PEN International: Appeal for Egyptian Poet Omar Hazek

PEN International: Appeal for Egyptian Poet Omar Hazek

PEN International protests the two-year prison sentence handed down to Egyptian poet Omar Hazek, who has been held in custody since his arrest in early December 2013 for taking part in a protest. Omar Hazek was held in Hadra prison in Alexandria until 21 February 2014 when he was moved to Burj Al-Arab prison also...
PEN International: Open letter to President Viktor Yanukovich calling for peaceful dialogue in Ukraine

PEN International: Open letter to President Viktor Yanukovich calling for peaceful dialogue in Ukraine

Dear President Yanukovich, I am writing to you on behalf of the tens of thousands of members of PEN International, the worldwide organisation of writers. We are deeply concerned about the escalating unrest in the Ukraine, and in particular about any negative impacts on the freedom of expression of Ukraine citizens demonstrating in Kiev and...
PEN: Alarming rise in cases of writers persecuted for their use of digital media

PEN: Alarming rise in cases of writers persecuted for their use of digital media

In the first six months of 2013, PEN monitored over 630 cases of attacks on writers, journalists and bloggers. Of these, around 187 are in prison, some serving sentences of over 15 years. Others are suffering unfair trials, harassment and threats.Every year PEN focuses on five writers from around the world that represent the type...
Day of the Dead - remembering murdered writers in Latin America

Day of the Dead – remembering murdered writers in Latin America

Every year on 2nd November, the Mexican Day of the Dead, PEN International and PEN centres around the world commemorate murdered colleagues in Latin America through campaigns, events, film screenings, readings and more. Day of the Dead is a time when the families and friends of the departed in Latin America and beyond commemorate the...
PEN: Aufruf zur Solidarität mit weißrussischem Verleger Ihar Lohvinau

PEN: Aufruf zur Solidarität mit weißrussischem Verleger Ihar Lohvinau

Das PEN-Zentrum Deutschland und weitere Autoren, Lektoren und Verleger – darunter die Nobelpreisträger Günter Grass und Elfriede Jelinek – haben heute in einem offenen Brief an den weißrussischen Informationsminister gegen den Lizenzentzug für den Verleger Ihar Lohvinau protestiert und die sofortige Wiedererteilung der Publikationsgenehmigung gefordert. Lohvinau ist einer der wichtigsten Verleger in Weißrussland, wo es...
Independent Chinese PEN Centre complains about London Book Fair

Independent Chinese PEN Centre complains about London Book Fair

In an open letter to the British Council, the Independent Chinese PEN Centre has protested against the invitation of the Chinese censorship authority to organise the Chinese participation in the London Book Fair. We document this letter and join in the protest. Dear Madams/Sirs It has come to our attention that for this month’s London...