About World Press Freedom Day

Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

3 May was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991.



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).


Ethiopian PEN Writers’ Congress 25 Feb 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.


Irish PEN: WiPC campaign activities

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.


Sydney PEN: Lecture by visiting Tibetan poet and activist Tenzin Tsundue, Wedn. 15 Feb, 2012

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.


San Miguel de Allende PEN lecture series

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.”