Posts Categorised: Campaigns


Turkey: writers and translators call for release of leading linguist Necmiye Alpay

English PEN and our Writers in Translation Committee are proud to join colleagues from PEN America, PEN International, PEN Turkey and CEATL Bekir Bozdağ, Minister of Justice, Turkey CC: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey Dear Minister Bozdağ: We the undersigned translators, writers, editors, publishers, journalists, bloggers, artists, and free expression advocates around the world,

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Murder of writer demonstrates urgent need for end to religious insult laws

The killing of Jordanian writer Nahid Hattar outside a court where he was due to stand trial for alleged ‘insult to Islam’ and ‘provoking sectarian strife’ is a clear demonstration why religious insult laws should be repealed without delay. Nahid Hattar, a 56-year-old member of Jordan’s Christian minority was reportedly shot dead by Riyadh Ismail

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Eritrea: 15 years of incommunicado detention for journalist Dawit Isaak

Eritrean-Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak was arrested as part of the September 2001 crackdown on Eritrea’s independent press, which saw the country’s eight privately-owned newspapers closed down. As owner of the weekly newspaper Setit, Isaak was arrested along with  other print journalists who have since been held incommunicado. Not one has been charged or tried. The only

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Turkey: Ahmet and Mehmet Altan face charges of ‘coup plotting’

English PEN is extremely concerned to learn that writers Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan are facing charges of ‘membership of a terrorist organisation’ and ‘attempting to overthrow the government’, following a meeting with the prosecutor on 21 September 2016. Novelist and editor Ahmet Altan was reportedly released on probation at dawn on 22 September, but

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Thailand: British rights activist Andy Hall convicted of defamation and computer crimes

British migrant rights activist and blogger Andy Hall has been convicted of criminal defamation and computer crimes in connection with a report published by Finnwatch in 2013. Hall was sentenced to three-year prison term, suspended for two years, and a fine of 150,000 Baht (approx. US$4,300) on 20 May 2016. English PEN is shocked by the

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