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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?

We stand with Mimi Mefo

We stand with Mimi Mefo

  PEN Sydney – a branch of PEN International, a worldwide organisation dedicated to supporting persecuted writers – expresses support for Camerooni...

PEN Sydney urges for release of Australian journalist Yang Hengjun

PEN Sydney urges for release of Australian journalist Yang Hengjun

Sydney PEN International expresses public support for Australian journalist Yang Hengjun, who has been detained since January in an unknown location in China on suspicion of endangering national security.

Public Enemy Journalist Number One

Public Enemy Journalist Number One

It’s been a long time since the Democratic National Committee (DNC) brought suit against Julian Assange for publishing its leaked emails in 2016. But on 29 July, a Federal Court in New York dismissed the case...the New York Times and Washington Post buried this highly significant story. It didn’t appear in the Australian media at all.

PEN Sydney calls Queensland police to drop charges on Hugo Clement

PEN Sydney is concerned with recent reports regarding the state of press freedom in Australia. On Monday 24 July, French reporter Hugo Clément and...