Brazil: International call for press freedom amidst attacks against The Intercept journalists

31 July 2019 – The 26 press freedom and human rights organisations and media outlets named below strongly condemn the recent wave of attacks and threats against the investigative news website The Intercept Brasil. We call on the authorities to ensure respect for the constitutionally guaranteed right of journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources. The attacks began on 9 June after The Intercept Brasil published the first of a series of reports revealing apparent irregularities in the “Operation Car Wash” investigation, one of the most important corruption investigations in Brazilian history. […]

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SRI LANKA: Release award-winning writer Shakthika Sathkumara

20 June 2019 RAN 02/19 SRI LANKA: Release award-winning writer Shakthika Sathkumara   PEN International is deeply concerned by the arrest and ongoing detention of award-winning writer Shakthika Sathkumara, charged with inciting religious hatred and violating international human rights law under Section 3(1) of Sri Lanka’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act No. 56 of 2007 (ICCPR Act 2007) and Article 291B of the Penal Code. Sathkumara was arrested on 1 April 2019 in connection with ‘Ardha’ (‘Half’), a short story […]

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FreeAseev: Statement of the Executive Board of PEN Ukraine

Over two years ago, in June 2017, a Ukrainian writer and journalist Stanislav Aseev was abducted in Donetsk on the temporarily occupied territory. Abductors – the so-called Ministry of State Security of the DPR – denied their involvement in this case, having admitted only after a month and a half that the journalist has been imprisoned on espionage charges. In the summer of last year Aseev declared a hunger strike demanding his release, and then in an interview for the Russia 24 TV channel Stanislav made a live confession that […]

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Highly topical issue of The Dissident Blog focuses on Hong Kong

This highly topical issue of The Dissident Blog focuses on the current developments in Hong Kong #30 Hong Kong Voices with China in View / www.dissidentblog.org While this special issue about the freedom of expression in Hong Kong is released hundreds of thousands of people are demonstrating in the streets of Hong Kong. Among them are several of the contributing writers. The 1984 agreement reached between China and the United Kingdom, where Hong Kong would retain its constitution guaranteeing the freedoms of press, speech, […]

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PEN International Turkey: Ayşe Düzkan freed

Turkey: Ayşe Düzkan freed     PEN International welcomes the release of Turkish writer, journalist and publisher Ayşe Düzkan, who was serving an 18-month prison sentence for ‘making propaganda for a terrorist organisation’. Düzkan was imprisoned for taking part in a solidarity campaign in 2016 with the now-closed pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem. She was sent to Bakırköy prison in Istanbul on 29 January 2019 and conditionally released on 11 June 2019. Ayşe Düzkan’s sentence is a stark reminder of the continuing assault on freedom of […]

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PEN International mourns the death of friend and Vice-President Gloria Guardia de Alfaro (1940-2019)

PEN International mourns the death of friend and Vice-President Gloria Guardia de Alfaro (1940-2019) 14 May 2019 – The PEN community mourns the death of our friend and colleague, Gloria Guardia de Alfaro. The distinguished novelist and journalist died at the age of 79 on 13 May in Bogotá, Colombia. As a PEN member and Vice President, she stood as an unwavering champion of literature and freedom of expression. “Gloria Guardia was a true believer and champion of PEN’S work.  Her love of literature […]

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