When another writer in another house is not free, no writer is free.

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The PEN Melbourne Centre supports the efforts to release Julian Assange. To keep up with the broader campaign follow these links:



Latest from Melbourne4WikiLeaks:

Julian’s extradition hearing starts on Monday 24th of this month.

To mark the occasion and to help increase awareness in his hometown of Melbourne, Melbourne 4WikiLeaks is holding a rally at the State Library of Victoria on the evening of Friday 21st February.

The Rally will feature speakers including Caitlin Johnstone, Julian Hill and others as well as a live video cross to Julian’s father, John Shipton in London. There will also be music and a special video presentation.
You can find details of the No Extradition Rally at https://www.facebook.com/events/178087276737493/?active_tab=about


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The Turkish authorities must drop all charges against award-winning writer Aslı Erdoğan, who faces up to nine years and four months in prison for her writings, PEN International said today, ahead of an expected verdict on 14 February 2020. Aslı Erdoğan was detained in August 2016 following a police raid on her apartment. She was arrested alongside more than 20 other journalists and employees from the now-closed pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, where she served as an advisory board member and …

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  Melbourne University lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been held in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran since October 2018, serving 10 years for espionage. Key points: Dr Moore-Gilbert said in a letter that her health “has deteriorated significantly” She said she would not change her decision on the offer to spy for Iran under any circumstances Dr Moore-Gilbert said it was “inhumane” being denied opportunities to speak to her family Read the full ABC report at the link below: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-22/kylie-moore-gilbert-jailed-rejects-irans-offer-to-become-a-spy/11888424

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It is clear that the right to freedom of expression is increasingly under threat in Nigeria, PEN International said today, amid reports of the arrest and detention of journalists in the country. The organisation calls on the Nigerian authorities to uphold the right to freedom of expression, enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, by releasing journalists detained for peacefully expressing themselves via their work or activism, and allowing journalists to carry out their work free from interference. One example of the …