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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...

Hundreds of jailed journalists the new norm, CPJ census finds

Hundreds of jailed journalists the new norm, CPJ census finds

For the third consecutive year, at least 251 journalists are behind bars for their work, as authoritarian regimes increasingly use imprisonment to ...

The guardians and the war on truth

The guardians and the war on truth

Writer Karl Vick  reports on Time Magazine’s short list for its 2018 Person of the Year. The discussion focuses on journalists who dared to fight f...

The War on Journalism: how 9/11 changed everything

The War on Journalism: how 9/11 changed everything

Australian journalist Peter Greste, the former Al Jazeera correspondent who spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison, delivered the Sydney PEN Free Voi...

When an acclaimed journalist finds himself in the headlines

When an acclaimed journalist finds himself in the headlines

Natural curiosity and a yearning for discovery and adventure led Peter Greste to a life reporting the headline news from around the world. But in 2...

Journalism should not be a crime

Journalism should not be a crime

National security laws are being used by the Australian parliament to increase jail terms for journalists in order to stifle the public’s right to know what governments are doing in our name, writes Paul Murphy, chief executive of the Media, Entertainment, Arts Association.

Our man in Cambodia

Our man in Cambodia

Australian film-maker James Ricketson has arrived back in Sydney following his deportation from Cambodia after being granted a royal pardon. Fellow documentary maker Curtis Levy visited Ricketson in the notorious prison where the veteran filmmaker was held along with 30 other political prisoners.

When trolls go to work

When trolls go to work

“How can technology companies effectively and transparently reduce abuse on their platforms?” What recourse do victims have when tech platforms remain unresponsive to their cries for help? How can publishers and newsrooms support their writers during episodes of harassment — including their freelancers? 

A threat to public media: A statement from PEN

A threat to public media: A statement from PEN

PEN Sydney is extremely concerned about threats to public media as a result of current developments specifically affecting the ABC. Write an email to your MP or Senator to defend the ABC against privatisation, and to maintain independence, for a free and democratic media in Australia.

Donald Trump is cornered and he knows it

Donald Trump is cornered and he knows it

By Anne Summers, an Australian writer based in the United States. Just over three weeks ago in New York I joined an avid and apprehensive au...