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Russia/Ukraine : Oleg Sentsov freed in prisoner swap

9 September 2019 – PEN International and PEN Ukraine welcome the release of prominent Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was freed on 7 September 2019 as part of a prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine. ‘Oleg Sentsov’s release comes as a great and long overdue relief after five gruelling years away from his loved ones in Crimea spent behind bars on trumped-up terrorism charges. His strength, selflessness...

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European Union: Cooperation Council must keep up pressure on Azerbaijan to uphold freedom of expression

As European and Azerbaijani leaders gather in Brussels following Azerbaijan’s release of scores of wrongfully imprisoned writers, journalists, writers and activists, the European Union (EU) must ensure that more is done to improve protections for freedom of expression in Azerbaijan, PEN International said today. On 4 April 2019, Brussels will host the 16th EU-Azerbaijan Cooperation Council, an annual meeting that allows them to review and...

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Mexico: attack on writer and journalist exposes the lack of necessary protection

London, 5 August 2019 – The attack on writer, journalist and activist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro on 21 July 2019 exposes once again the dangers of being a journalist in Mexico, as well as the urgent need to combat impunity, said PEN International, PEN Canada, English PEN, PEN Guadalajara, PEN San Miguel de Allende, Scottish PEN and Swedish PEN today. On 21 July 2019, two individuals broke into Cacho’s home, stealing equipment and research...

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Turkey: PEN International welcomes acquittal in Özgür Gündem case 17 July 2019 – A court in Istanbul acquitted today Reporters Without Borders’ representative in Turkey Erol Önderoğlu, Turkey’s Human Rights Foundation Chair Şebnem Korur and journalist Ahmet Nesin of all charges. Responding to the news, Carles Torner, Executive Director of PEN International, said:  ‘Erol Önderoğlu, Şebnem Korur and Ahmet...

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