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

British journalist Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury were reporting from south-eastern Turkey along with two VICE News colleagues when they were detained last Thursday.   The reporting team had previously covered a story about the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish army in the same region in a documentary for VICE News in

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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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Ahmet Altan’s Endgame

Join English PEN and Canongate Books at the Arcola Theatre this Sunday, 30 August, to celebrate the launch of Endgame, and read an extract of the novel here.  The town was sleeping. Someone is always up in a big city but in a small town everyone goes to bed around the same time. That’s something

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Mexico: Writers join PEN in calling for justice

English PEN are proud to support our colleagues at PEN American Center and the Committee to Protect Journalists in calling on President Peña Nieto to fully investigate the recent murder of photojournalist Rubén Espinosa and to offer greater protection to our Mexican colleagues. The full text of the letter to the President, signed by more than 500 writers,

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