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2013-10-24 16:25:00

Imprisoned Poet Remains in Solitary Confinement Two Years After Arrest DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PEN representatives were denied access to jailed poet Mohammed al-Ajami this week after Qatar's highest court upheld the poet's 15-year sentence on Monday. Al-Ajami remains in solitary confinement two years after his arrest for "inciting the overthrow of the ruling regime" and "insulting the Emir" in his poetry. (Photo:...

2013-10-23 16:26:31

TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - PEN Canada's National Affairs Committee is concerned by the wrongful treatment of journalists during recent anti-fracking protests at Elsipogtog, NB, particularly the arrest of Halifax Media Co-op journalist Miles Howe who was arrested while taking pictures on Oct. 17. The RCMP twice reduced charges against Howe before finally releasing him with no charges. "No one in Canada may be arrested for the simple act of photographing or filming in public...

2013-10-23 12:27:14

NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, October 21, PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world's leading literary and human rights organization, celebrated its 2013 Literary awards at the Proshansky Auditorium of CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. "I've seen a common thread tonight that writing should be more than just art but activism," Master of Ceremonies Andy Borowitz said of the evening. "And I am taking that all as a personal attack on me."...

2013-08-05 20:21:04

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Press Club hosts a panel next week to debate whether federal public-affairs offices hinder more than help the cause of open government. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO) The panel includes a number of experts from the fields of journalism, public relations and academia who can give voice to multiple perspectives. The event is sponsored by the National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee and...

2013-07-23 12:25:40

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A National Press Club panel will convene on Aug. 12 to debate federal public-affairs practices that some say can cut the public off from its affairs. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO) Although executive branch communications offices can be useful, at times indispensable, in helping the press cover the government, reporters need to always be free to seek information in other ways. Yet doing so has become...

2013-07-02 23:02:48

Freedom of the press and freedom of speech remain a defining piece of our nation's past, present and future. Hudson, WI (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 In honor of America and the First Amendment, Docucopies.com ran a special this week for 15 percent off books and booklets, 20 percent off postcards and labels, and 10 percent off all single jobs over $75. The deal is good til 11:59 p.m. Wed., July 3. Since the birth of our nation, freedom of the press has been a complex subject. Between the...

2013-06-07 12:23:46

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Press Club joins other national and international news organizations in calling on the government of Jordan to reverse its decision to block more than 200 news websites and to revoke the law upon which it was based, which requires the licensing of journalists in the country. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO) In addition, the Press Club calls upon the United States government to support freedom of the...

2013-06-05 16:23:44

TORONTO, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - PEN Canada welcomes the Attorney General of Ontario's pledge to move forward with legislation that will protect comment in matters of public interest by discouraging frivolous and vexatious lawsuits. This was recommended in October 2010 by the province's Advisory Panel on Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP). Philip Slayton, chair of PEN Canada's National Affairs Committee, said, "It is time to stop lawsuits that have no intrinsic...

2013-05-28 16:24:56

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As U.S. prosecutors increasingly monitor reporters to get to the bottom of leaks, the National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee will host leading First Amendment attorney and press-freedom advocate Floyd Abrams, who will discuss these issues and his new book. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO) Abrams, a senior partner in Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, has been at the forefront of nearly every major...

2013-05-03 20:22:21

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the National Press Club announced the winners of its 2013 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Awards:  Zeynep Kuray, a woman reporter from Turkey, which jails more journalists than any other nation; and, in the United States, "The Whistleblower." (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO ) Each year, the NPC confers its Aubuchon award on people whose work and lives have advanced the...