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China: immediately release blogger and human rights activist Liu Yanli

Tuesday 2 June 2020 - 1:34pm Liu Yanli RAPID ACTION NETWORK 1 June 2020 RAN 03/2020 China: Immediately release blogger and human rights activist Liu Yanli PEN International protests the four-year sentence pronounced on 22 April 2020 by the Dongbao District Court against blogger and human rights activist Liu Yanli, who has been convicted for her social media posts criticising China’s leadership. The sentence is in breach of Liu Yanli’s right to...

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PEN Malaysia denounces increased use of Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998

Wednesday 27 May 2020 - 4:19pm Journalism In Malaysia PEN Malaysia, chapter of the worldwide association of writers, PEN International denounces the increased use of Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) in recent weeks to target writers and members of the public for expressing their views on social media and in the press. South China Morning Post journalist Tashny Sukumaran was questioned by Malaysian Police on 6 May, and...

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India: release poet P Varavara Rao on medical grounds

Monday 1 June 2020 - 5:55pm P Varavara Rao (centre) 1 June 2020 PEN International is deeply concerned for the welfare of Indian poet P. Varavara Rao who has been in detention since November 2018. Aged 81 and in poor health, a bail hearing for Rao is due 2 June 2020. Given his fragile state of health and questions surrounding the validity of the charges under which he is held, PEN is calling for him to be released on medical grounds. A Marxist...

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Centro PEN Argentina anuncia “El Mañana”, programa literario en línea

Friday 22 May 2020 - 9:24pm Pen Argentina El Centro PEN Argentina, la Universidad de San Martín (USAM), la Dirección General Lectura Mundi, y el Ministerio de Cultura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires anuncian “El mañana”, programa literario online que tiene como objetivo ser un diálogo literario a través de la poesía, microrrelatos, cuentos cortos y fragmentos de novelas y ensayos. Todos con una mirada a un futuro incierto pero esperanzador. “La...

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Turkey: immediately halt criminal investigation against Ragıp Zarakolu

Wednesday 13 May 2020 - 9:07am Ragıp Zarakolu PEN International calls for the immediate discontinuation of the criminal investigation against human rights defender, author and publisher Ragıp Zarakolu for allegedly undermining the constitutional order and insulting the President. A complaint was filed by President Erdoğan and the presidency’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun concerning a column written by Zarakolu, published on 6 May...

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Yemen: over 150 NGOs appeal for death sentences of four journalists to be overturned

Wednesday 13 May 2020 - 11:13am (Top) Abdulkhaleq Ahmed Amran and Akram Saleh Al-Walidi (Bottom) Al-Hareth Saleh Hamid and Tawfiq Mohammed Al-Mansouri Arabic version below. Organisations which support human rights, press freedom and journalists are calling on United Nations mechanisms and member states to help save the lives of four Yemeni journalists who were sentenced to death in April 2020 in the capital Sana’a on charges of “spying” and...

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