PEN CASE LIST: UPDATED
Each year PEN International produces a case list of persecuted writers. From January 2015 to Dec 2015 there were 1054 writers brought to PEN’s attention. The Case List provides a breakdown of writers by country, and a further indication of field of work. Journalists, bloggers, and those involved in digital media are prominent this year in the chilling read of statistics. The full report is available here.
Early Release: Vietnam
PEN welcomes the early release of poet, essayist, and scholar Father Nguyen Van Ly. A Catholic priest, Father Nguyen Van Ly has been serving an 8 year prison term for ‘conducting propaganda against the state’. It is great to have good news to report. NZSA and PEN thank Writers in Prison Committee team coordinator Lesley Marshall, and her team of writers who support the PEN Rapid Action network in NZ. Find out more about the Rapid Action Network and how to join here.
PEN ISSUES: ‘TOP WRITERS’ RADIO SHOW
‘Top Writers’, a show which interviews authors from the Top of the South Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors, features a PEN section hosted by Dana Wensley. The show begins with freedom of speech issues, focusing the lens on one author each session. This Saturday, the show examines the power of fiction and the Film and Literature Board of Review decision following the interim ban on Into the River. The show airs on Fresh FM. More