Posts Categorised: Press


International writers call for justice for bloggers murdered in Bangladesh

More than 150 writers from around the world, including Margaret Atwood, Amitav Ghosh, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Yann Martel, Salman Rushdie and Colm Tóibín have condemned the murders of Ananta Bijoy Das (or Dash), Washiqur Rahman Babu and Avijit Roy, three secular bloggers who have been brutally killed in Bangladesh this year. The group includes writers, publishers and

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Malaysia: Drop sedition charges against cartoonist Zunar

Last week, English PEN had the honour of meeting Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque ‘Zunar’.  Zunar is currently facing nine charges under Malaysia’s Sedition Act, and his trial is due to begin in Malaysia today, 20 May 2015. If convicted, could face up to 43 years imprisonment. English PEN has therefore joined with our colleagues ARTICLE 19,

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Iran: Mahvash Sabet

Teacher and poet Mahvash Sabet is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence in Evin prison, Tehran. One of a group of seven Baha’i leaders known as the ‘Yaran-i-Iran’ (‘Friends of Iran’), Sabet has been detained since 2008 for her faith and activities related to running the affairs of the Bahá’í community in Iran. Today, 14

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Bahrain: Serious concern for the health of Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace       

PEN is seriously concerned for the health of prominent academic, activist and blogger Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace, who has been on hunger strike since 21 March 2015 in protest at conditions in Jaw prison. Dr Al-Singace requires specialist medical treatment for ongoing health problems, some of which result from torture and ill-treatment in prison. He is

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