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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...

Press freedom under attack: why Filipino journalist Maria Ressa's arrest should matter to all of us

Maria Ressa’s case is important not only because a government used a crime statute to intimidate and lock up a journalist for what should have been treated as a civil dispute.

Indigenous stories and storytellers may be lost in the digital age

How do you maintain the storytelling traditions and the spoken literatures of an oral culture in the digital era, asks Daniel Browning, journalist ...

When free speech and freedom kill

Acclaimed Indigenous writer Melissa Lucashenko delivered PEN’s Free Voices address on The Day of The Imprisoned Writer in November, 2018, in the Gr...

Journalism is not a crime: MEAA

The two raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on journalists and media organisations represent a disturbing attempt to intimidate legitimate news journalism that is in the public interest.

PEN Sydney calls to legislate press freedom in wake of AFP ABC raids

PEN Sydney calls to legislate press freedom in wake of AFP ABC raids

PEN Sydney is shocked at the blatant violation of freedom of information represented by the AFP raids on the ABC and the punitive action taken against professional journalists reporting on matters of public interest.

 

PEN demands that charges should be dropped against three Saudi writer-activists

PEN demands that charges should be dropped against three Saudi writer-activists

Saudi Arabia has long been considered one of the most restrictive countries in the world for human rights, and particularly for women, reports Sum...

Literature provides shelter. That's why we need it

Literature provides shelter.  That's why we need it

In her Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture delivered on May 12, Arundhati Roy asks what it means to be a writer in a world that is rapidly hard...

Colombian filmmaker, Mauricio Lezama, shot dead

Colombian filmmaker, Mauricio Lezama, shot dead

Colombian filmmaker Mauricio Lezama was shot dead on May 9 while producing a documentary on the victims of violence in the north-east of the count...

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo freed by pardon in Myanmar

Reuters' journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were released today from a Yangon prison in Myanmar as part of a presidential pardon, after spending m...