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    • We’re Mad as Hell, and We’re Not Going to Take It Anymore 25 november 2014
      MEXICO CITY — Thursday, on the 104th anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution in which millions died, the traditional military parade in Mexico City was hastily cancelled to make way for tens of thousands of students, teachers, families, social activists and people from all walks of society who converged in three orderly throngs on the […]
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    • China: Release writers Gao Yu and Ilham Tohti 21 november 2014
      (London, 21 November, 2014) - Chinese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release veteran journalist Gao Yu and writer and academic Ilham Tohti, a member of China’s Uyghur minority, PEN International said today. ‘Today we stand with our colleagues Gao Yu and Ilham Tohti, who are facing life behind bars for simply exercising their right to freedom […]
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    • PEN Myanmar 17 november 2014
      There have been very few public workshops on creative writing in Myanmar due to the strict state censorship rules. Similarly, interactive panel discussions between writers and readers were very rare. In order to counter this, PEN Myanmar has been organising open, public, interactive panel discussions across Myanmar to encourage dialogue between writers and readers. To […]
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    • Mexico: Thorough investigations must be conducted into murders of four journalists in three months 17 november 2014
      London, 17 November 2014 The murders of four reporters since August must be urgently and thoroughly investigated, and the perpetrators brought to justice, PEN International, the worldwide association of writers, said today. “PEN highlighted the need for better protection for journalists in its recent resolution passed at its 80th Congress.  Despite accepting all recommendations on […]
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    • PEN South Africa: The breakdown of democracy in Parliament – a condemnation in the strongest terms 17 november 2014
      PEN South Africa, part of an international organisation which represents writers, editors and translators, and whose members have pledged themselves to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression or censorship but to uphold freedom of the press, is deeply alarmed at the breakdown in Parliamentary democracy in Cape Town on November 13 when […]
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    • Alain Mabanckou writes to imprisoned Cameroonian writer Dieudonné Enoh Meyomesse 14 november 2014
      My dear Dieudonné Enoh Meyomesse, The world would be a perfect place if freedom of expression wasn’t suffering, day after day, from the blindness of our governments who have always perceived African writers as their “natural opponents”, because we refuse to endorse any regime and because our independence is not for sale… Those political leaders […]
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    • Elif Shafak writes to Imprisoned Writer Gao Yu 13 november 2014
      Dear Gao Yu, We have never met in person. Yet the honesty, integrity and power of your words and your exceptional courage have travelled beyond the borders of China and reached my heart, the way they have reached the hearts of countless others, East and West. I would like you to know that there are […]
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    • Honduras: Landmark precautionary measures from IACHR for journalist Julio Ernesto Alvarado 12 november 2014
      12 November 2014 A legally-binding decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requesting the Honduran Government to suspend the 16-month work ban imposed on journalist and founding member of PEN Honduras, Julio Ernesto Alvarado, for alleged defamation of a public official is a clear message to governments in the region to protect journalists […]
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    • Luisa Valenzuela writes to Paraguayan writer Nelson Aguilera 12 november 2014
      Dear Nelson Aguilera, I want to extend to you my complete support as well as that of many of my colleagues. Your trial is reminiscent of a witch hunt, far removed from all literary debate. Along with the experts, I believe that there has been absolutely no plagiarism, but rather a similar approach to topics […]
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    • Yann Martel writes to Imprisoned Writer Azimjon Askarov 11 november 2014
      Dear Azimjon, You’re in jail; I am not. That fact remains, and it rankles. The question as to why has a simple answer: I am lucky, and you are brave. My luck is that I live in a country that, broadly speaking, respects the rights of its citizens. How you got to be so brave […]
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