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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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Via freepetergreste.comNEWS 2/2/15: The family confirm that Peter has been released.Very grateful to all supporters and we will update again soon.Award-winning foreign correspondent Peter Greste was arrested in Cairo on December 29, 2013. He had been in Egypt only weeks, working on a short relief posting as a journalist for an international TV news network.After a trial which attracted worldwide attention, on June 23, 2014, Peter was convicted of reporting false news and endangering Egypt’s national security. He was sentenced …

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PEN Melbourne welcomes news at the release of Australian journalist Peter Greste, from an Egyptian prison. #FreeAJStaff

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Revelations that a GCHQ programme ‘harvested’ correspondence between journalists and editors at news organisations such as the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times and the Washington Post, is a clear threat to free speech and journalism in the public interest, 

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The case against imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi has been referred to Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court.

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PEN International is deeply concerned at news that two columnists are under investigation for featuring the first, post-shooting cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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