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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...

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.