Julian Assange is free

No other journalist, publisher or whistleblower seeking to expose information in the public interest should go through what Julian endured for years.

The Saturday Mothers

Every week for 29 years mothers have gathered in Istanbul seeking justice for their family members who were forcibly disappeared. They recenlty held their 1000th vigil.

Selahattin Demirtaş sentenced to 42 years

Kurdish writer and opposition politician who famously stood for president from his prison cell given harsh sentence in Türkiye. 

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PEN Sydney has been protecting freedom of expression for more than 90 years. We also defend writers here and around the globe who are at risk of being silenced.

With the support of our members – a community of writers, readers, translators and activists – we celebrate writing in all its forms through our public conversations, publications and activism.

We are an affiliate of PEN International and are inspired by their charter, which states Literature knows no frontiers.

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Iranian rapper sentenced to death

Iranian rapper sentenced to death

PEN Sydney condemns the death sentence issued to Toomaj Salehi and demands his immediate release Last week the Islamic regime in Iran sentenced the...

Words in a war

Words in a war

Tetiana Gubii fears her mother tongue is being silenced by war My mother is Russian, and I’m Ukrainian. On the 24th of February 2022, we both woke...

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PEN Sydney works to free writers who are at risk of being silenced. Their words and courage give us the motivation to continue.

“The role that writers can play in times of uncertainty, diligently curating narratives to nourish empathy, encompassing glimpses of joy and ultimately offering the gift of hope, lacks formal recognition, and this lack of acknowledgement or coherent protections can ultimately decimate expression and propel rampant self-censorship.”

Ma Thida

A Burmese human rights activist, surgeon and writer. She spent six years in Burma’s Insein prison for her pro-democracy activism. She has published 26 books, including her prison memoir Prisoner of Conscience; My Steps through Insein and A-maze both available in English. She is the Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison committee

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