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Egypt: two writers conditionally released

PEN International welcomes the news that blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah and writer Hesham Gaafar have been released from prison in Egypt after several years behind bars for their peaceful expression.

How many journalists are jailed in China? Censorship means we don't know

How many journalists are jailed in China? Censorship means we don't know

Reporting on China's harassment of journalists has never been easy, reports Iris Hsu, China Correspondent for Committee to Project Journalists, on...

Medevac legislation passes through Parliament

Medevac legislation passes through Parliament

Senators and Members of Parliament have come together from across the political spectrum to vote through historic legislation allowing people deta...

One-fifth of Australian adults have limited literacy and numeracy

One-fifth of Australian adults have limited literacy and numeracy

Pallavi Singhal reports in the Sydney Morning Herald, February 15, 2019. Originally published in SMH. More than 20 per cent of Australian adults h...

Egypt expels New York Times correspondent, detains local journalist on false news charges

Originally published by CPJ in Washington, D.C., February 19, 2019 The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns yesterday's detention and expulsio...

Leading US advocacy groups seek accountability on murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi

Leading US advocacy groups seek accountability on murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi

This open letter appeared on PEN America's website. We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, are deeply concerned about the lack of tran...

Kurdish asylum seeker wins Australia's richest literary prize

Kurdish asylum seeker wins Australia's richest literary prize

Writer Behrouz Boochani, who has been supported by Sydney PEN since he was incarcerated on Manus Island in 2013, has won the both the 2019 $25,000 ...

From fake news to enemy of the people: An anatomy of Trump's tweets

From fake news to enemy of the people: An anatomy of Trump's tweets

Stephanie Sugars, Committee to Protect Journalists, North America, reports on January 30, 2019. Since announcing his candidacy in the 2016 presiden...

Condemnation of conviction of human rights journalist Liu Feiyue in China

Condemnation of conviction of human rights journalist Liu Feiyue in China

Taipei, January 29, 2019 – The Suizhou Intermediate People's Court in Hubei province today sentenced Liu Feiyue, founder of the human rights news w...

Disappearance of Australian writer Yang Hengjun

Disappearance of Australian writer Yang Hengjun

Yang Hengjun (Henry Yang) is an Australian novelist and blogger who has disappeared in China. While travelling to China with his wife and stepson h...

Human dignity is in danger. In 2019 we must stand as one to survive

Human dignity is in danger. In 2019 we must stand as one to survive

Persecution, censorship and environmental destruction are on the rise – but resistance is possible, writes Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei. W...

Remembering Meng Lang, “Exquisite Poet, Courageous Activist”

Remembering Meng Lang, “Exquisite Poet, Courageous Activist”

PEN Sydney mourns the loss of poet Meng Lang, who died last week in Hong Kong of lung cancer. Meng Lang had a renowned decades-long career as a poe...