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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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Freedom of speech and Australia’s Racial Discrimination ActDr Tim Soutphommasane“It is said by many that freedom of expression means nothing if it doesn’t entail a freedom to offend others. The price of having free speech is that one may have to tolerate things that we may not like. As the writer Richard King suggests in his recent book On Offence, ‘the claim to find something hurtful or offensive should be the beginning of the debate, not the end of it’. But what …

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Sydney PEN Free Voices LectureSydney Writers Festival 22 May 2014Melbourne PEN 29 June 2014Why are we even having this conversation?The politics of who is allowed to say what in Australia today.On 29 June 2014, Melbourne PEN were honoured to hear leading writer and columnist Anne Summers AO Ph.D speak to free speech and racial vilification in Australia.“It the best way to acknowledge and honour the suffering of those who are imprisoned around the world for trying to exercise freedom of expression would …

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PEN Melbourne joins PEN centres worldwide in calling for the immediate release of Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al-Jazeera colleagues, Mohamad Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

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Press Freedom vs. Political Power 6:15pm Friday 18 JulyThe Wheeler Centre176 Little Lonsdale StreetFree event, seats limited: please RSVP by clicking here.Freedom of the press and the role of a critical media:what the Peter Greste and Alan Morison cases say about the state of the world.Peter Greste and Alan Morison are both Australian journalists who, with their colleagues, are subject to judicial action that challenges not only their own freedom but the fundamental principle of freedom of the press itself. In a world that is …

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Harsh prison sentences handed down today to three Al-Jazeera English journalists must be overturned and the journalists freed immediately, PEN International said today.

 

 

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