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PEN International celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2021

On May 3, PEN International joins the global community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day. Proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993, this ...

Situation of Uyghur Writers in China

Situation of Uyghur Writers in China

  Image copyright Sulu.artco, used with permission of the owner Past – dark ages Uyghurs are the traditional land owners of East Turkistan (aka Xi...

No Excuse for Abuse

No Excuse for Abuse

"Online abuse—from violent threats and hateful slurs to sexual harassment, impersonation, and doxing—is a pervasive and growing problem. [...]  B...

On Press Freedom

On Press Freedom

Image: colloud   In August, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Immigration and Security (PJCIS) released its long-awaited report on the impact ...

The Journalist as Deterrent

The Journalist as Deterrent

The first thing to establish about Maria Ressa is that her accomplishments predate the rise of Rodrigo Duterte to the Philippine presidency. She ha...

Vietnamese-Australian activist Chau Van Kham Still Detained

Vietnamese-Australian activist Chau Van Kham Still Detained

 Chau Van Kham, image supplied by HRW via ABC   In January 2019, Vietnamese-Australian activist Chau Van Kham was arrested in Vietnam and sentence...

Human Rights Day, Dec 10 2020: Focus on China

Human Rights Day, Dec 10 2020: Focus on China

It has been ten years since the Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned literary critic and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.  ...

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...