INDIA: IMPOSING SILENCE
Indian journalist Akshay Singh is the latest journalist to die in mysterious circumstances in what PEN International, PEN Canada, and PEN Delhi call a “worrying development”.
Reports suggest that 45 people related to the investigation of a corruptions scandal in India have died. The scandal, known as “Vyapam Scan” involves admission to medical schools. Singh’s death follows the earlier murder of journalist Sandeep Kothari who was kidnapped, choked, and set on fire. Earlier this year another journalist, Jagendra Singh, was set on fire after alleging state involvement in illegal mining and land seizures. PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Programme (University of Toronto) have published a report on India’s record on freedom of speech: “Imposing Silence: The Use of India’s Laws to Suppress Free Speech.” more
PEN NEW VOICES AWARD: LONG LIST
The longlist for the 2015 PEN International New Voices Award has been announced. The award, which encourages young unpublished writers to promote their work sought applications from diverse linguistic regions and communities earlier in the year. Applicants must be between 18-30 years of age and nominated by their local PEN Centre. Unfortunately no one from NZ made the longlist, but there is always next year!
Longlisted this year:
‘Likkewaan’ by Carien Smith (PEN Afrikaans)
‘Under the Jacaranda Tree’ by Nozizwe Dube (PEN Planders)
‘Nichts kurz vor der Rue Saint-Blaise’ by Lea Sauer (German PEN)
‘Ailleurs’ by Sophie Prevost (PEN Quebec)
‘Varshava’ by Ana Dontsu (PEN Romania)
‘Moon Dog’ by Rebecca F John (Wales PEN Cymru)
For further information on PEN or any issues or concerns raised above please contact Dana Wensley, PEN Representative for NZ at PEN@nzauthors.org.nz