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Hundreds of jailed journalists the new norm, CPJ census finds

Hundreds of jailed journalists the new norm, CPJ census finds

For the third consecutive year, at least 251 journalists are behind bars for their work, as authoritarian regimes increasingly use imprisonment to ...

The guardians and the war on truth

The guardians and the war on truth

Writer Karl Vick  reports on Time Magazine’s short list for its 2018 Person of the Year. The discussion focuses on journalists who dared to fight f...

The War on Journalism: how 9/11 changed everything

The War on Journalism: how 9/11 changed everything

Australian journalist Peter Greste, the former Al Jazeera correspondent who spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison, delivered the Sydney PEN Free Voi...

When an acclaimed journalist finds himself in the headlines

When an acclaimed journalist finds himself in the headlines

Natural curiosity and a yearning for discovery and adventure led Peter Greste to a life reporting the headline news from around the world. But in 2...

Journalism should not be a crime

Journalism should not be a crime

National security laws are being used by the Australian parliament to increase jail terms for journalists in order to stifle the public’s right to know what governments are doing in our name, writes Paul Murphy, chief executive of the Media, Entertainment, Arts Association.

Our man in Cambodia

Our man in Cambodia

Australian film-maker James Ricketson has arrived back in Sydney following his deportation from Cambodia after being granted a royal pardon. Fellow documentary maker Curtis Levy visited Ricketson in the notorious prison where the veteran filmmaker was held along with 30 other political prisoners.

When trolls go to work

When trolls go to work

“How can technology companies effectively and transparently reduce abuse on their platforms?” What recourse do victims have when tech platforms remain unresponsive to their cries for help? How can publishers and newsrooms support their writers during episodes of harassment — including their freelancers? 

A threat to public media: A statement from PEN

A threat to public media: A statement from PEN

PEN Sydney is extremely concerned about threats to public media as a result of current developments specifically affecting the ABC. Write an email to your MP or Senator to defend the ABC against privatisation, and to maintain independence, for a free and democratic media in Australia.

Donald Trump is cornered and he knows it

Donald Trump is cornered and he knows it

By Anne Summers, an Australian writer based in the United States. Just over three weeks ago in New York I joined an avid and apprehensive au...

Little Bookroom founder championed the cause of quality reading for children

Little Bookroom founder championed  the cause of quality reading for children

[Image credit: Simon Schulter SMS] Albert Ullin OAM was the founder and longtime owner of The Little Bookroom, Australia's oldest specialist childr...

A report on the Wentworth forum on refugee and asylum policy

A report on the Wentworth forum on refugee and asylum policy

On Sunday 14 October, Pen committee members, Gil Appleton and Melissa Bruce attended a forum to discuss refugee and asylum policy which was organi...

"Let them speak"

"Let them speak"

A Myanmar court  sentenced two Reuters news agency reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven years each in prison for violating the Official Sec...