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Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert Released from Prison in Iran

Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert Released from Prison in Iran

Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, the British-Australian academic imprisoned in Iran since 2018, has been released.  The University of Melbourne scholar w...

Watch Maria Ressa's Address for PEN Australia's Day of the Imprisoned Writer event

Watch Maria Ressa's Address for PEN Australia's Day of the Imprisoned Writer event

  PEN Centres around Australia partnered with the Wheeler Centre to present investigative journalist Maria Ressa as keynote speaker for the 2020 D...

Maria Ressa Announced for Day of Imprisoned Writer event

Maria Ressa Announced for Day of Imprisoned Writer event

  PEN Centres around Australia have partnered with the Wheeler Centre to present investigative journalist Maria Ressa as keynote speaker for the 2...

PEN Sydney calls for the release of three Iranian writers

PEN Sydney calls for the release of three Iranian writers

  PEN Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Statement On 4th October 2020, three members of the Iranian Writers Association (IWA) - Reza Khandan Mehabadi,...

Linguistic rights central to Indigenous prison reform

Linguistic rights central to Indigenous prison reform

In light of the protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, it is time to consider the role of freedom of expression in Australi...

PEN Sydney condemns 'cyber-libel' charges laid against Maria Ressa in Philippines

PEN Sydney condemns 'cyber-libel' charges laid against Maria Ressa in Philippines

The Australian Centres of PEN International condemn the charges recently brought in the Philippines against Maria Ressa and reporter Reynaldo Santo...

Our AGM and open mic night is coming up

Join our year in review and open mic night. All PEN Sydney members and friends are invited to join our AGM event this month that we'll host online ...

Three Iranian Writers face imprisonment

Three Iranian Writers face imprisonment

This conversation was organised by PEN Sydney, on behalf of the Australian PEN Centres in Melbourne and Perth. The discussion is between PEN Sydney...

'Democracy Peddler’ still detained in China despite a lack of evidence

'Democracy Peddler’ still detained in China despite a lack of evidence

- Feng Chongyi Australian authorities have reportedly been told to stop interfering in the case of the Chinese–Australian writer Dr Yang Hengjun, ...

The Frankenstein effect – why whistleblowers are needed now, more than ever

The Frankenstein effect – why whistleblowers are needed now, more than ever

Quentin Dempster’s 2019 speech to the Whistleblowers Australia national conference. If we are not properly informed, we can create monsters. This ...

Saudi journalists detained in Australia after seeking asylum

PEN Sydney expresses support for two Saudi journalists administratively detained in Australia. The journalists (not named to protect their identiti...

The big chilling effect

The big chilling effect

The big issues this year, the journalists note, include the raids, a raft of national security laws, and the prosecution of whistleblowers Richard Boyle, David McBride and Witness K. The limits placed on Australia’s media freedom are increasing and the warnings of recent years about the dangers ahead are now being realised. So what can be done about Australia’s slide into a national security state?