Murdered and Disappeared Women Writers
Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world in which to be a writer. Since 2006, at least 45 journalists, writers and bloggers have been murdered or disappeared, most of them in the course of their work.
Since 2009 there has been an escalation in violence against writers, with women increasingly being targeted. Five of the nine Mexican writers killed in 2011 were women; their murders were particularly savage (see pdf).
16 February 2012
25 Feb 2012. 12:00 - 22:00
Italian Cultural Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
On 25 February 2012 Ethiopian PEN will hold their first Writers’ Congress at the Italian Cultural Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Writers from Ethiopia will be joined by PEN International President john Ralston Saul and members from other PEN Centres, including Norwegian PEN Centre. At the congress there will be discussion of the challenges facing Ethiopian writers as well as strategic planning for the group.
When another writer in another house is not free, no writer is free.’ Orhan Pamuk
PEN aims to promote literature and defend freedom of expression, and the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International works on behalf of persecuted writers worldwide.
In addition to its work on behalf of individual writers, the Committee creates campaigns on issues affecting freedom of expression, such as Religious Defamation which is specifically relevant here in Ireland with the recent introduction of laws to punish blasphemy.
ydney PEN is delighted to invite members and guests to a lecture by Tenzin Tsundue, a Tibetan intellectual from India. Tsundue was a keynote speaker at the Annual Festival of Tibet held in early February at the Brisbane Powerhouse, where he performed in front of an Empty Chair. He is touring with his book of poems and short stories, 'Kora'.
Tsundue is a fantastic speaker and this is an event not to be missed! Watch a short online video of short online video of Tsundue here.
PEN International is appalled by the use of excessive force to suppress dissent in the ongoing crackdown on anti-government protests by the Syrian authorities. It is also alarmed by the reported mass arrests and disappearances of civilians including journalists, bloggers, writers and activists.
14 Feb 2012. 00:00 - 00:00
Teatro Angela Peralta, san miguel de allende, Mexico
San Miguel de Allende PEN will hold its 2012 lecture series at Teatro Angela Peralta:
Jan 17, Eva Hunter, “Becoming a Writer: From 8th Grade English Class to Artistry with Words.”
Jan 24 Lars Svanstroem, “Day of the Dead: Ethnohistory with Photos”
Jan 31, David Lida, “Mexico Noir: A Cosmopolitan Journalist Finds the Dark Side of Provincial Mexico While Seeking Justice.”
Feb 7 Teresa Nicholas and Gerry Helferich, “Book Partners: Living Together, Writing Together.”
09 February 2012
8 February 2012
The latest worrying developments include a change in electoral law that will choke reporting on the 2013 presidential election, and a recent call from President Rafael Correa for restrictive changes to the Organization of American States’ office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.