Open debate: Open the space for media
International Media Support and Norwegian PEN invite to open debate on Tuesday 19 May. 
Norwegian PENs Turkey report - now in Turkish
Norwegian PENs comprehensive report on free expression issues in Turkey - "Freedom of Expression under a Shadow", launched last November - is now available in Turkish.  A printed copy will be distributed in cooperation with Turkish PEN and the pdf-file may be downloaded here.
World Poetry Day 2015 - PEN campaigns for imprisoned poets
On 21 March 2015, while people across the globe celebrate World Poetry Day, PEN will be directing public attention to the imprisonment, murder and general harassment of poets, writers and journalists around the world. We will be focusing on five cases that highlight the threats faced by writers who criticise those in power: Aron Atabek (Kazakhstan), Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami (Qatar), Enoh Meyomesse (Cameroon), Susana Chávez Castillo (Mexico) and Liu Xia (China).
A dark weekend for freedom of speech

Friday we learned that a colleague from Tibetan PEN had been stabbed to death in New Dehli. Saturday evening February 14. we received the news about the attacks in Copenhagen.  Following the Paris assassinations in January, these incidents represent a dark and dreary start for free expression in 2015. The five Nordic PEN centers have written a joint statement on the Copenhagen assassination.

Members of Norwegian PEN support refugee appeal
85 member of Norwegian PEN supported the appeal initiated by German PEN,  in association with English PEN and PEN International, calling on European governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission to honour their humanitarian obligations to refugees.  These members supported the appeal.
Norwegian PEN condemns terrorist attack against French satirical magazine in Paris
Norwegian PEN condemns today's terrorist action against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people are reported killed. President William Nygaard urges unity and prudence.
Hege Newth Nouri new Secretary General in Norwegian PEN
When current Secretary general Carl Morten Iversen steps down after more than 13 years next spring, he will be succeeded by Hege Newth Nouri.  She currently holds the position as national coordinator for the Norwegan Cities of Refuge for persecuted writers in Norwegian PEN.
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