OCTOBER newsletter

Contents -Chair’s message-Urgent adoptee update — Pham Doan Trang (Vietnam)-Happenings-Upcoming events-Recommended articles and media Chair’s message (Krishna Sen) Members and Fellow-travellers, it was wonderful to see those of you attended our AGM last month and stayed on for the discussion with Dr Jenny Rowena about the increasing challenges to freedom of expression in India underContinue reading “OCTOBER newsletter”

SEPTEMBER News – AGM summary and local activities

Contents – Annual General Meeting– Thank you to vacating PEN Perth committee members– Happenings– Upcoming event Annual General Meeting (AGM) On 15SEPT2022, we held our AGM at the Centre For Stories. It was wonderful to see our members gathered to hear about the importance of PEN’s work in advocating for detained writers. We also finalisedContinue reading “SEPTEMBER News – AGM summary and local activities”

AUGUST Newsletter – Annual General meeting alert

Contents Annual General Meeting (AGM) Upcoming event Newsflash – support for Salman Rushdie Achievements and other happenings Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2022 Date: 5:30PM, 15/SEPT/2022 Address: Centre for Stories (100 Aberdeen St, Northbridge, 6003) All members and prospective members are welcome but only members can vote. The agenda for the AGM is as follows: 1. Continue reading “AUGUST Newsletter – Annual General meeting alert”

JULY newsletter: Asia-focused issue

Contents Opening statement on the Hong Kong National Security Law Breaking news: Executions in Myanmar Writers and articles in focus Activities completed and achievements Upcoming activities Letter-writing campaign Opening statement – 2 years into the Hong Kong National Security Law When Britain handed Hong Kong to China in 1997, the expectation was that Beijing wouldContinue reading “JULY newsletter: Asia-focused issue”

JUNE newsletter: Post-election issue

Contents: – Opening statement from our patron and honorary member, Peter Greste– Australian writers in-focus– Events we held/attended– Brief overseas update – Ukraine– What’s happening next? Opening statement(from patron and honorary member Peter Greste) In an era when everyone’s nonsense detectors are dialled up to 11, you’d have thought the Liberal party might have beenContinue reading “JUNE newsletter: Post-election issue”


The UK Home Secretary Priti Patel will make her decision on Julian Assange’s extradition on 18th May. That’s only 5 days away. It’s not too late to help. If extradited, Assange faces a 175-year sentence in a maximum security prison, most likely in solitary confinement. Why? Because he exposed war crimes. He published the truth.Continue reading “URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Julian Assange”

MAY Newsletter – World Press Freedom Day special

‘Only the foolish would argue the fact of pluralism or deny its existence. Only the heinous would try to extinguish it. And only extremely foolish and heinous governments would try to extinguish it through repression and the imprisonment of dissidents, writers, journalists, social critics, and democracy and human rights activists.’ Pham Doan Trang’s final statementContinue reading “MAY Newsletter – World Press Freedom Day special”

April 2022 Newsflash – Julian Assange

Who is Julian Assange? The world’s most famous political prisoner, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has become an emblem of an international arm wrestle over freedom of journalism, government corruption and unpunished war crimes. Julian Assange is a journalist, publisher and the founder of Wikileaks. Wikileaks is a site created for whistleblowers to safely leak informationContinue reading “April 2022 Newsflash – Julian Assange”

March 2022 newsletter

Contents Opening message featuring Andrey Kurkov Upcoming event(s): Patron’s Lecture featuring Kylie Moore-Gilbert Emergency headline: Ukraine-Russia conflict Australian writers in prison: Yang Hengjun and Julian Assange Oceania focus: Hany Babu (India) and Zaw Lin Htut (Burma) Notable women writers and journalists Opening message COVID starts its third year of chaos. Combat continues in Ukraine andContinue reading “March 2022 newsletter”