Bangladesh Must Release Writer & Photographer Shahidul Alam

 Writer, photographer and activist Shahidul Alam The arrest of award-winning writer, photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam, on 5 August 2018 shines a light on the dangerous escalation of the government’s crackdown on dissenting voices, said PEN International today as it called for his immediate and unconditional release. Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee stated: “The Bangladeshi authorities must release Shahidul Alam immediately, institute an inquiry into why the officials responsible for action destroyed property and threatened others, establish new norms […]

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Help Us Reform Scottish Civil Defamation Law

Dear PEN Colleagues, Help us reform Scottish defamation law by calling on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this week to include it in the upcoming Programme for Government. In April of this year, PEN Gambia presented a petition led by African Centres, and signed by over 150 writers, to the Chairperson of the African Commission calling on African states to abolish criminal defamation and “insult laws”. We call on you now to help us reform civil defamation law in Scotland. Scottish defamation law is outdated […]

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