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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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CALL ON EGYPTIAN AUTHORITIES TO FREE AUSTRALIAN JOURNALIST PETER GRESTEAND HIS AL-JAZEERA COLLEAGUES, MOHAMED FADEL FAHMY AND BAHER MOHAMAD LETTERMELBOURNEHon. Consul General His Excellency Mr Khaled Mohamed Youssri RIZK Consulate General of the Arab Republic of EgyptLevel 6, 50 Market StreetMelbourne, Victoria 3000Ph: (03) 9614 0710E: info@egypt.org.auCANBERRAHon. Ambassador His ExcellencyDr. Hassan Hanafy Mahmoud EL-LAITHY 1 Darwin Avenue, YarralumlaACT, Australia 2600Ph: (02) 6273 4437E: embassy.canberra@mfa.gov.egYour Excellency,I call for the immediate and unconditional release of journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. I also call on you to …

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As jailed journalist Peter Greste describes it, 2014 was his annus horribilus.

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At the 14th Oxfam Novib/PEN Awards for Freedom of Expression, writer Karl Ove Knausgard highlighted the work of remarkable and courageous writers across the globe.

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The Women Writers Committee of PEN International expresses its outrage at the horrendous attack on January 7, 2015 against freedom of expression at the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

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A collection of statements from PEN Centres worldwide in joint condemnation of the horrific attacks on French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo. 

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