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Liu Xiaobo in hospital with liver cancer

June 27, 2017

26 June, 2017: PEN Hong Kong reports that 2010 Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, former President of Independent Chinese Pen, is battling  terminal liver cancer … Continued

Justin Gleeson Talks Threats to Freedom of Expression at Sydney Writer's Festival

June 1, 2017

Donald Trump’s attack on the media as ‘the enemy of the people’ is one disturbing aspect of the US President’s leadership. Justin Gleeson, lawyer and … Continued

Vale Rosie Scott

May 8, 2017

  Rosie Scott was a critically-acclaimed writer, a passionate human rights activist, a creative writing mentor, a wife, mother and grandmother. Born in 1948 in Wellington, … Continued

Imprisoned but not silenced - PEN stands in solidarity with writers

November 15, 2016

Each year, on 15 November, PEN International, PEN Centres and PEN members from around the world commemorate the Day of the Imprisoned Writer to highlight … Continued

NEW PEN report on India reveals culture of stifling dissent, criminalising free expression

September 22, 2016

An inefficient legal system and what amounts to unchecked abuse of vague and overbroad legislation have contributed to a chilling effect on free speech within … Continued

PEN Sydney Writers Panelist - J.M. Coetzee Makes the 2016 Man Booker Dozen

July 28, 2016

The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize is announced today. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a … Continued

Freedom of expression under deadly assault

July 11, 2016

New Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, just weeks after he won the national elections, said that most journalists killed in the country were corrupt. Coming from a country … Continued

Gillian Triggs Lecture Audiofile

July 1, 2016

Listen to the recent PEN Free Voices Lecture at the Sydney Writers Festival to hear the celebrated human rights lawyer and President of the Human … Continued


April 27, 2016

You are invited to join us at the Sydney Writers Festival to hear the celebrated human rights lawyer and President of the Human Rights Commission, … Continued

Free Voices Lecture: Featuring PEN International President Jennifer Clement

February 7, 2016

You are invited to join us for a very special event as we host renowned Mexican-American writer and PEN International’s first woman President, Jennifer Clement. … Continued