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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...

Myanmar court rejects appeal by Reuters' Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

Myanmar court rejects appeal by  Reuters' Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed deep disappointment on April 22 after the Myanmar Supreme Court upheld Reuters' journalists Wa Lone...

Fragile Minds: a Free Voices Lecture presented by Erik Jensen

Fragile Minds: a Free Voices Lecture presented by Erik Jensen

Journalism is at its second crossroads in two decades: not one of means, but of privilege. The loss of major revenues has made the press fragile, ...

When discriminatory, racist language is no longer seen as taboo by some Australians

When discriminatory, racist language is no longer seen as taboo by some Australians

(Image reproduced with permission from Ruby Jones @rubyalicerose) Following the Christchurch massacre, Sydney PEN decided to make available the fo...

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...