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2014-06-24 12:25:43

TORONTO, June 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The conviction of Al Jazeera English Cairo Bureau Chief Mohamed Fahmy, on unfounded terror-related charges, strikes at the heart of freedom of expression in Egypt and raises troubling questions about the country's lack of judicial independence, said PEN Canada today. Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian journalist, was arrested in December 2013 along with colleagues Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed. After six weeks of detention without charges, they were brought...

2014-05-15 08:29:04

TORONTO, May 15, 2014 /CNW/ - PEN Canada voiced its concern at revelations that local telecom companies and other service providers disclosed personal information from nearly 800,000 customers in a single year, a practice that would be codified in two bills currently before Parliament. The Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act (Bill C-13), currently being discussed at the Standing Committee for Justice and Human Rights, would provide telecom companies with criminal and civil...

2014-04-09 16:24:30

TORONTO, April 9, 2014 /CNW/ - PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law will call on officials to tie human rights obligations to Canada's proposed free trade agreement with Honduras during a committee appearance in Ottawa tomorrow, April 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. The Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement was signed by the current government on Nov. 5, 2013, but must be debated and voted upon by Parliament before it becomes...

2014-03-27 16:22:56

TORONTO, March 27, 2014 /CNW/ - The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) is pushing Honduran government officials to improve the investigation of journalists' murders, following writers' testimonials in Washington, D.C. on March 25, 2014. "In our America, to assassinate a journalist has the same consequences as to put on leather shoes or to sit in a chair: none," said award-winning Mexican novelist, Álvaro Enrigue, addressing representatives of the State of Honduras....

2014-03-24 20:23:20

TORONTO, March 24, 2014 /CNW/ - In February 2012, Honduran journalist Dina Meza received two text messages that threatened her with sexual violence and death. The messages were signed Commando Alvarez Martinez, a pseudonym that is often used in Honduras to threaten human rights activists and journalists with torture, rape and death. The obvious intent was to move her to stop her investigative reporting in Honduras. Ever since the 2009 coup, 32 journalists in the country have been...

2014-02-21 08:24:35

TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - On Feb. 28, PEN Canada's annual Freedom to Read Week event at the Toronto Reference Library will focus on national security and the limits of freedom of expression. Surveillance After Snowden will feature Citizen Lab director Ron Deibert, Globe and Mail national security reporter Colin Freeze, and former national security advisory council member Wesley Wark. Tech columnist Jesse Brown will moderate. The panel discussion, hosted by PEN Canada, is...

2014-02-04 16:26:17

TORONTO, Feb. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Today PEN Canada voiced concern for the Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy who has been referred, to trial, along with 19 of his colleagues, on charges linked to terrorism. News reports indicate that this is the first time journalists in Egypt have been referred to trial on such charges. On December 29, 2013, Fahmy and his colleagues - Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed - were taken into custody after authorities raided the offices of Al...

2014-02-03 16:23:38

TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - PEN Canada is pleased to announce the second PEN International New Voices Award. The annual award aims to encourage new writing and to provide a space where young, unpublished writers can submit their work. The winning writer, selected from the submissions of PEN centres around the world, will be published by PEN International and will receive a $1000 prize. PEN Canada is now accepting submissions up to midnight April 3, 2014. Once these have been...

2014-01-23 08:26:25

Rising scale of murderous violence against journalists revealed in new report launched today TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Journalists who cover organized crime, government corruption and other sensitive issues are increasingly facing threats and lethal attacks in Honduras, with almost complete impunity for perpetrators, said PEN Canada in a report released today in partnership with PEN International and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto...

2014-01-17 08:21:31

TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - With Barack Obama due to announce reforms to the National Security Agency (NSA) today, PEN Canada calls on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to break his ongoing silence on the topic of online surveillance conducted by the Canadian government. "Thanks to the release of information by Edward Snowden, we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the American government has been spying on its own citizens and those of many other countries, including those...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.