Presenting ICORN on Youtube
The International Cities of Refuge Network - ICORN - presents itself, its important work and some of its writers in a seven-minutes documentary, available on Youtube. 
May 3: World Press Freedom Day
At a WPFD-event in Oslo, the Fritt Ord Foundation, the Norwegian Union of Journalists, Norwegian PEN, the Norwegian Press Association, the Association of Norwegian Editors, IPI Norway and the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO take a closer look at working conditions for female journalists and "media, government and transparency after the terrorist attack on 22 July."
World Book Day April 23.: Read a text for Syria
The international literature festival Berlin calls upon intellectuals, writers, artists, cultural institutions, schools, universities, radio and TV stations, to participate in a global reading on 23 April 2012, the World Book Day. Excerpts from the diary of the Syrian author Samar Yazbek will be read – also in front of Syrian embassies. Yazbek has documented in her diary the events in Syria since the beginning of the rebellion last year. She is also the author of the attached appeal.
Turkey: Ragıp Zarakolu released pending trial
Norwegian PEN and PEN centers all over the world today (April 10th) welcomed the news that Ragip Zarakolu, one of Turkey's preeminent free expression champions, was among 15 freed from prison in Turkey pending trial.  PEN cautioned, however, that Zarakolu still faces trial on charges that carry a heavy prison sentence and that scores of other writers and intellectuals remain imprisoned.
Watch video-clips from the conference "Action on Belarus" on this website
You can now watch videos from the successful and well attended "Action on Belarus" at the House of Literature in Oslo on 22. March on this website,
Political and religious populism threatens freedom of expression
Norwegian PEN warns against a trend in which religiously based politics, at both national and international levels, weakens freedom of expression and undermine basic human rights for individuals and groups.  We need to to challenge a political development in which populist politicians abuse religious feelings and symbols in order to set groups up against each other, undermine the rights of individuals and groups and weaken freedom of expression.
22. March: Belarus Action - a one day conference
The Human Rights House Foundation (HRH), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) and Norwegian PEN welcome you to a one-day conference at the House of Literature in Oslo.  Also supporting the conference are the Norwegian Union of Journalists, the Norwegian Publishers Association and the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers And Translators Association (NFF).
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Writers in Prison
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