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Message from Norwegian PEN

Message from Norwegian PEN

Dear all

Firstly: Thanks for the flow of sympathy, solidarity and warm regards that has come to the office and to each of us during the last days. We in the board and staff of Norwegian PEN are all safe and sound, but Norway is such a small country – many of us know someone who is touched by the events.

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PEN JORDAN condemns terrorist crimes in Norway

Members of PEN JORDAN and all Jordanian writers and artists from all walks of life wish to express our deep compassion, solidarity and moral support to their friends and colleagues in Norway and to the Norwegian people in the face of this outrageous act against civilians in Oslo, and the island of Utøya, and our sincere condolences to the victims and their families.

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PEN International is deeply distressed by the events in Oslo and Utoeya Island

PEN International is deeply distressed by the events in Oslo and Utoeya Island on 22 July 2011

Our thoughts are with Norwegian PEN, its members, our friends and supporters at the Fritt Ord Foundation, Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cities of Refuge Network, and Norwegian publishers as well as all the people of Norway.

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GIRONA MANIFESTO ON LINGUISTIC RIGHTS

PEN International brings together the writers of the world.

Fifteen years ago, the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights was first made public in Barcelona by PEN International’s Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee.

Today, that same Committee, gathered together in Girona, declares a Manifesto of the Universal Declaration’s ten central principles.

1. Linguistic diversity is a world heritage that must be valued and protected.

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Statement from PEN Jordan regarding the attack on AFP

Statement from PEN Jordan regarding the attack on AFPPEN Jordan deplores the attack and vandalism by unknown assailants on the AFP Bureau in Amman.

PEN Jordan stands by AFP’s Bureau Chief Mrs. Randa Habib in the face of these threats, which go against the basic premise of freedom of speech and expression, and PEN Jordan supports her right to protection for her person and the Agency’s headquarters.

Any supposed damage incurred from Mrs. Habib’s reporting should be settled by the law, and the judiciary system should be the only avenue to settle such disputes.

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Council of Europe and PEN International call for stronger protection of freedom of expression

Council of Europe and PEN International
call for stronger protection of freedom of expression
Council of Europe and PEN International call for stronger protection of freedom of expression World Press Freedom Day Strasbourg/London, 02.05.2011 - The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the President of PEN International, John Ralston Saul, today made the following joint statement to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May.

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Christchurch Quake

The New Zealand PEN Centre is moved by and deeply grateful for the many heartfelt messages we have received from our friends and colleagues in PEN Centres throughout the world.

The devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch on Tuesday has deeply affected everyone throughout the country.

The destruction is unbelievable, the suffering unimaginable and the losses far greater than we initially thought.

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Message from Laura McVeigh

Dear friends,

Thank you for all the warm welcome messages. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Today I start as Executive Director with PEN International.

Please feel free to contact me at laura.mcveigh@pen-internationl.org or +44 (0) 20 7405 0338 or (m) +44 (0) 78246 40527.

It is a real honour and privilege to serve PEN.

I look forward to working with all of you.

All very best,
Laura

Laura McVeigh
Executive Director
PEN International

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