Publications Pen International

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Joint letter: human rights and cultural groups call for release of Mustafa Gamal

Friday 8 May 2020 - 8:00am Mustafa Gamal We, the undersigned, call for the immediate release of Mustafa Gamal from prison in Egypt. His imprisonment in pre-trial detention is an egregious instance of the Egyptian government’s continuing crackdown on freedom of expression, in violation of international human rights conventions to which Egypt is a signatory. His detention was renewed on 6 May for...

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