RESOLUTION ON THE BELARUSIAN LANGUAGE
The Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 85th annual Congress in Manila, Philippines, 1 to 5 October 2019, is concerned at the continuous stigmatisation of the Belarusian language in Belarus, where the authorities have been seeking to assert the dominance of the Russian language for nearly three decades.
Turkey: Former Cumhuriyet staff sent to jail
The Turkish authorities must overturn the convictions of six former Cumhuriyet members of staff and journalists who were sent back to prison on 25 April 2019 on baseless terrorism-related charges and release them immediately and unconditionally.
Russia: New laws threaten freedom of expression and media freedom
With the adoption of two new laws criminalising 'insult' to the state and the dissemination of 'fake news', as well as plans to increase government control of the Internet, the Russian authorities are imposing further, excessive restrictions on freedom of expression and undermining media freedom.
Conviction of editor-in-chief must be quashed
PEN International and the Belarusian PEN Center strongly condemn the decision to fine editor-in-chief Maryna Zolatava
and urge the Belarusian authorities to overturn her conviction, make efforts to improve freedom of expression in Belarus and remove restrictions on Belarusian bloggers and journalists.