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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 Melbourne seeks a revised Statement of Purposes at our forthcoming AGM.

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PEN marks the 34th anniversary of the annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer

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Join PEN Melbourne in calling for Kurdish-Iranian journalist and writer, Behrouz Boochani, currently detained on Manus island, to have his claims determined by Australian Immigration officials as soon and as possible, and be granted asylum in Australia.

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Indonesia: End interference with literary festival, says PEN International

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PEN Melbourne welcomes the acquittal of Australian journalist Alan Morison and his Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathian on charges of criminal defamation.

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