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.
United Kingdom: Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States The British authorities must not extradite WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange to the United States.
Italy: Writer and journalist Roberto Saviano facing prison for defamation The Italian authorities should immediately drop criminal defamation charges against writer, journalist and PEN award winner Roberto Saviano, and repeal all criminal defamation laws, PEN International and English PEN said today.
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.
European Union: Cooperation Council must keep up pressure on Azerbaijan to uphold freedom of expression As European and Azerbaijani leaders gather in Brussels following Azerbaijan’s release of scores of wrongfully imprisoned writers, journalists, writers and activists, the European Union (EU) must ensure that more is done to improve protections for freedom of expression in Azerbaijan.
Belarusian PEN Center: “We protest the detention of writers, musicians, and other peaceful participants on Freedom Day” The Belarusian PEN center condemns the detention of writers, musicians, and other participants in the peaceful rally at the Freedom Day celebrations of the 101st anniversary of the founding of the Belarusian Democratic Republic.
PEN America Joins Belarusian PEN Center in Call to End Persecution of Writer and Activist Paviel Sieviaryniec The harassment of renowned writer Paviel Sievaryniec and his fellow activists in Belarus has gone on for too long, and his arrest this week is proof of the continuous threat to freedom of expression.
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.
Statement of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and Belarusian Pen Center on Conviction of Maryna Zolatava On March 4 Zavadski court of Minsk imposed a fine of 7, 650 BYN and BelTA's court costs of 6, 000 BYN on Maryna Zolatava, the chief editor of the most popular Belarusian Internet portal TUT.BY, for "dereliction of duty" (Art. 425 of the Criminal Code).
Escalating repression against Mehman Huseynov Some 41 member and partner NGOs of 13 Human Rights Houses issue a joint letter calling for urgent action from the international community to ensure the life, health, and rights of imprisoned Azerbaijani photojournalist, video blogger, and human rights defender Mehman Huseynov.