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The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International was set up in 1960 as a result of mounting concern about attempts to silence critical voices around the world. An office was set up at the PEN head office in London to gather information and to alert the PEN membership to take action. The WiPC is now staffed by a team of experts who monitor around 1,000 attacks on writers, journalists, editors, poets, publishers and others in any given year. These include long prison terms, harassment, threats, and murder.

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  Today marks the second year of Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s incarceration in Iran, firstly in Evin Prison and more recently in Qarchak Prison, notorious for its human rights abuses. PEN Melbourne acknowledges the unimaginable anguish of Kylie’s family and the concern of  colleagues and friends – see below. We lend our support to the cause of bringing her home at the earliest opportunity.You can help by writing to the Minister for Foreign Affairs urging her to act, and by writing directly to …

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US Gov. argued journalists are liable to prosecution under Espionage Act + John Shipton just In ! Phillip Adams Brisbane, Australia Sep 16, 2020 —  Hi All, I hope you are all well. Just in NOW: John Shipton Julian’s dad gives update from the case (Thanks to James Ricketson for providng this link).https://www.facebook.com/james.ricketson.12/videos/2846929928743086 + from yesterday  I ask:  Why remove 1st Amendment protection for NON USA Citizen journalists if all journalist’s (including USA Citizens/Journalists) are liable to prosecution for publishing …

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Take Action For Them  on U.N. World Humanitarian Day, Wednesday 19th August The plight of Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert has gained the attention of the world. Her unlawful and arbitrary detention is just one example of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s breach of obligations under international human rights laws, a situation made more acute in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Many other women are under threat too including Bahareh Hedayat, Nasrin Sotoudeh who began a hunger strike on 11th August, and …

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An Open Letter was written to the UK Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland QC, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab and UK Home Secretary Priti Patel https://www.lawyersforassange.org/en/open-letter.html

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Website for the campaign to free Kylie Moore-Gilbert This item will be updated in the next few days. Click on this link above to visit the new website with information on the campaign to free Kylie Moore-Gilbert.

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