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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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PEN International welcomes news of the release in late December 2014 of prominent Beijing-based writer, editor, and publisher, Xu Xiao, and publisher Liu Jianshu. 

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PEN International roundly condemns the flogging of Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi for “founding a liberal website” #FreeRaif

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PEN International and 50 PEN Centres around the world condemn the unprecedented attack on the office of the French publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris today in which 12 people died and seven were injured.

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PEN Melbourne: “Freedom of speech and expression is critical to having a fair, free and open society. The shootings at Charlie Hebdo today reinforce the importance of maintaining those principles” 

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The PEN International Women Writers Committee is concerned about a wave of arrests of our Chinese writer colleagues. Our Committee is particularly concerned with the cases of Xu Xiao, Kuo Yanding and Zhang Miao.

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