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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 …

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London-based Australian human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson has been a legal adviser to Assange and Wikileaks since the start of this decade. Ms Robinson says the indictment of Assange “sets a terrifying precedent” by “criminalising common journalistic practices which have been used towards the public interest for decades in the United States”. In November 2019 she spoke at public meetings organised by PEN Sydney and Melbourne centres. Here she talks with Quentin Dempster about the realities of the charges Assange …

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Mammad Aidani Iran – Out of sight, out of mind? PEN Melbourne Statement on Iran, 26 November 2019 Mammad Aidani, PEN Melbourne Committee Member PEN International has condemned the Iranian government’s persecution of its citizens on the basis of their language, literature, and culture. Iran is especially notorious for its jailing and torture of writers, such as journalists, Narges Mohammadi, Mohammad Mosaed, and Masoud Kazemi among many others. The latter was told by the judge at …