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Saudi journalists detained in Australia after seeking asylum

PEN Sydney expresses support for two Saudi journalists administratively detained in Australia. The journalists (not named to protect their identiti...

The big chilling effect

The big chilling effect

The big issues this year, the journalists note, include the raids, a raft of national security laws, and the prosecution of whistleblowers Richard Boyle, David McBride and Witness K. The limits placed on Australia’s media freedom are increasing and the warnings of recent years about the dangers ahead are now being realised. So what can be done about Australia’s slide into a national security state?

We stand with Mimi Mefo

We stand with Mimi Mefo

  PEN Sydney – a branch of PEN International, a worldwide organisation dedicated to supporting persecuted writers – expresses support for Camerooni...

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...