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Press freedom under attack: why Filipino journalist Maria Ressa's arrest should matter to all of us

Maria Ressa’s case is important not only because a government used a crime statute to intimidate and lock up a journalist for what should have been treated as a civil dispute.

Indigenous stories and storytellers may be lost in the digital age

How do you maintain the storytelling traditions and the spoken literatures of an oral culture in the digital era, asks Daniel Browning, journalist ...

When free speech and freedom kill

Acclaimed Indigenous writer Melissa Lucashenko delivered PEN’s Free Voices address on The Day of The Imprisoned Writer in November, 2018, in the Gr...

Journalism is not a crime: MEAA

The two raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on journalists and media organisations represent a disturbing attempt to intimidate legitimate news journalism that is in the public interest.

PEN Sydney calls to legislate press freedom in wake of AFP ABC raids

PEN Sydney calls to legislate press freedom in wake of AFP ABC raids

PEN Sydney is shocked at the blatant violation of freedom of information represented by the AFP raids on the ABC and the punitive action taken against professional journalists reporting on matters of public interest.

 

PEN demands that charges should be dropped against three Saudi writer-activists

PEN demands that charges should be dropped against three Saudi writer-activists

Saudi Arabia has long been considered one of the most restrictive countries in the world for human rights, and particularly for women, reports Sum...

Literature provides shelter. That's why we need it

Literature provides shelter.  That's why we need it

In her Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture delivered on May 12, Arundhati Roy asks what it means to be a writer in a world that is rapidly hard...

Colombian filmmaker, Mauricio Lezama, shot dead

Colombian filmmaker, Mauricio Lezama, shot dead

Colombian filmmaker Mauricio Lezama was shot dead on May 9 while producing a documentary on the victims of violence in the north-east of the count...

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo freed by pardon in Myanmar

Reuters' journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were released today from a Yangon prison in Myanmar as part of a presidential pardon, after spending m...

Myanmar court rejects appeal by Reuters' Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

Myanmar court rejects appeal by  Reuters' Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed deep disappointment on April 22 after the Myanmar Supreme Court upheld Reuters' journalists Wa Lone...

Fragile Minds: a Free Voices Lecture presented by Erik Jensen

Fragile Minds: a Free Voices Lecture presented by Erik Jensen

Journalism is at its second crossroads in two decades: not one of means, but of privilege. The loss of major revenues has made the press fragile, ...

When discriminatory, racist language is no longer seen as taboo by some Australians

When discriminatory, racist language is no longer seen as taboo by some Australians

(Image reproduced with permission from Ruby Jones @rubyalicerose) Following the Christchurch massacre, Sydney PEN decided to make available the fo...