Linton Kwesi Johnson awarded PEN Pinter Prize 2020
Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize 2020. He will receive the award in a digital ceremony co-hosted by the British Library on 12 October, where he will deliver an address.
Turkey: joint appeal marks 1500 days in jail for Nedim Türfent
English PEN joins sister PEN centres and other concerned organisations in continuing our calls for the release of Nedim Türfent ahead of his 1500th day in detention on 21 June 2020.
Philippines: sentence for Filipino journalist Maria Ressa marks a ‘dark day for media freedom everywhere’
Maria Ressa, a former CNN bureau chief and one of four journalists named Time’s Person of the Year in 2018, has today been given a sentence of up to six years in prison by a Filipino court, under a cyber libel law that didn’t even exist when the article in question was published.
#OurWorldWithout: Open Letter to the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
English PEN’s Director Daniel Gorman has joined the Creative Industries Federation and more than 400 leading creative figures in urging the UK government to provide urgent financial support for the creative industries.
PEN urges Church of England appeals court to overturn judgment on Irish-language epitaph
We are deeply concerned by the recent judgment from the Church of England’s Consistory Court in the Diocese of Coventry that a translation must be provided for an Irish-language inscription on a gravestone within one of its graveyards.