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Turkey: Free expression groups welcome release of Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury

British journalist Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury were arrested last Thursday, 27 August, whilst reporting from south-eastern Turkey along with two VICE News colleagues. One colleague was later released but Hanrahan, Pendlebury and their colleague Mohammed Ismael Rasool were subsequently charged with ‘working on behalf of a terrorist organisation’. They were reportedly moved to a high

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PEN Pinter winner Mazen Darwish released unconditionally

PEN warmly congratulates Syrian activist, journalist and winner of the 2014 PEN Pinter Prize for international writer of courage Mazen Darwish and his colleagues from the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) Hussein Gharir and Hani Al-Zitani on their unconditional release. Yara Bader, Director of the SCM and Mazen Darwish’s wife, has

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PEN calls for immediate release of VICE News journalists detained in Turkey

English PEN, PEN American Center, PEN International and PEN Turkey are extremely concerned about the detention of four VICE News journalists in Turkey and have called on the Turkish authorities for their immediate release. British journalist Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury were reporting from south-eastern Turkey along with two VICE News colleagues when they

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Bahrain: NGOs call for immediate release of Dr Al-Singace

Bahraini prisoner of conscience Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace today hits a milestone 160 days of hunger strike as rights organisations appeal for his freedom. Forty-one international NGOs today released an urgent appeal addressed to the Government of Bahrain to release the hunger striker. Read the Appeal (PDF) On 21 March 2015, Dr Al-Singace went on hunger

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Bahrain: Dr Al-Singace approaches 160 days of hunger strike

This month marks five years since prominent Bahraini academic and blogger Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace was arrested at Bahrain International Airport on 13 August 2010. Five years later, Dr Al-Singace is serving a life sentence for his peaceful opposition activities, and is currently being held in solitary confinement in a windowless room in Al Qalaa hospital where he

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