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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 the spread of hate speech, misogyny and unverified 'fake news', often leading to disproportionate restrictions on freedom of expression and an increased polarisation of views.

An ever-growing number of countries, there has been a substantial rise in other forms of violence against journalists, including in kidnapping, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture. 

Hear about the alarming rise of imprisonment of journalists and the impacts on freedom of speech in this PEN Lecture Series with Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International's Writers In Prison Committee, in conversation with Julianne Schultz, Editor of the Griffith Review. 
Salil wrote a fascinating article for Griffith Review: Commonwealth NowWithout Hindsight, about the role of the Commonwealth post Brexit from the point of view of ex-colonies, which will form part of this discussion.


Salil is the Chair of PEN International's Writers in Prison Committee and an author and journalist covering politics, economics, literature and social trends. He has articles in the Far Eastern Economic Review, The Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune, amongst others and has spoken on these issues internationally.

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