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Writers under threat in an authoritarian age

Writers under threat in an authoritarian age

Right now, journalism is under threat.  While individuals have access to more content than ever before, rapid technological change has facilitated ...

Australian journalist Peter Greste to give "War on Journalism" Address at Sydney Writer's Festival

Australian journalist Peter Greste to give "War on Journalism" Address at Sydney Writer's Festival

Australian Journalist Peter Greste has been announced as PEN Sydney's special guest speaker at this year's Sydney Writer's Festival.  Since 9/11, t...

SSI and PEN Sydney host successful Vivid Ideas debate

SSI and PEN Sydney host successful Vivid Ideas debate

The statement was made: “Artists shouldn’t be restricted by cultural boundaries when creating work”. There was laughter, jeers and cheers in this...

Russian journalist warned by anonymous text messages to stop reporting

Russian journalist warned by anonymous text messages to stop reporting

New York, July 18, 2017. Russian authorities should investigate threatening messages that business reporter Rinat Sagdiyev said he has received, an...

Netizen Report: Working in the Public Interest Can Get You Arrested in Turkey, Myanmar

Netizen Report: Working in the Public Interest Can Get You Arrested in Turkey, Myanmar

by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team July 10, 2017 Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges...

US free-speech group sues Trump for blocking Twitter users

US free-speech group sues Trump for blocking Twitter users

Reuter’s Dustin Volz reports from Washington that a free-speech group has sued US President Donald Trump for blocking Twitter users from his @real...

Liu Xiaobo in hospital with liver cancer

Liu Xiaobo in hospital with liver cancer

26 June, 2017: PEN Hong Kong reports that 2010 Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, former President of Independent Chinese Pen, is battling  terminal ...

Trump, the media and freedom of expression

Trump, the media and freedom of expression

By Chip Rolley They still stand when the president enters. It’s a remarkable tradition, one you might not expect in the world’s ‘oldest and greates...

Justin Gleeson Talks Threats to Freedom of Expression at Sydney Writer’s Festival

Justin Gleeson Talks Threats to Freedom of Expression at Sydney Writer’s Festival

Donald Trump’s attack on the media as ‘the enemy of the people’ is one disturbing aspect of the US President’s leadership. Justin Gleeson, lawyer a...

VIVID - Borrowed Voice: Freedom of Expression vs Cultural Appropriation

VIVID - Borrowed Voice: Freedom of Expression vs Cultural Appropriation

How much creative licence can you give an artist to tell other people’s cultural experiences? How is this issue affecting emerging artists fro...

Syria: Abducted Activists’ Whereabouts Remain Unknown 3 Years on, No Word on Douma 4

Syria: Abducted Activists’ Whereabouts Remain Unknown 3 Years on, No Word on Douma 4

9 December 2016  – The prominent Syrian human rights defenders Razan Zaitouneh, Samira Al-Khalil, Wa’el Hamada and Nazim Hammadi, who remain miss...

NEW PEN report on India reveals culture of stifling dissent, criminalising free expression

NEW PEN report on India reveals culture of stifling dissent, criminalising free expression

An inefficient legal system and what amounts to unchecked abuse of vague and overbroad legislation have contributed to a chilling effect on free ...