Announcement of Nomination for 2014 Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award Of Independent Chinese PEN Center

Title: Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award

Awardee: one or two individual annually;

Candidacy: Anyone in the case list of Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN who is still imprisoned or released under legal restriction of the right to freedom of expression, such as “deprivation of political rights”; Continue reading

Xiao Guozhen: Meet Guo Feixiong

By Xiao Guozhen, published: July 23, 2014

This is China Change’s second profile of Guo Feixiong. Read the one by Xiao Shu.

 

On August 8, 2013, Guangzhou-based rights activist Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄, a.k.a. Yang Maodong) disappeared. Ten days later following a sustained uproar on social media, his sister finally confirmed his criminal detention upon receiving a notice of such from the Chinese police for allegedly “assembling a crowd Continue reading

Shibasaki wins Akutagawa award, Kurokawa wins Naoki Prize

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Shibasaki wins Akutagawa award, Kurokawa wins Naoki Prize

Novelist Tomoka Shibasaki won the Akutagawa literary award for up-and-coming authors of pure literature, while the Naoki Prize, another renowned award for popular fiction, Continue reading

Critical Chinese blogger given six-year prison term

New York, July 23, 2014–Chinese authorities today sentenced a blogger to more than six years in prison, according to news reports. Dong Rubin, a businessman who has criticized Continue reading

Why Memorizing Lines From Shakespeare Is Worthwhile

Posted: 07/23/2014 8:07 am EDT Updated: 07/23/2014 5:59 pm EDT

Having thought about Shakespeare for most of my life, I have concluded that the best way to learn about his plays, his language, his themes and his stories with any real depth and integrity is to memorize Continue reading

ChinaFile:Can Chinese Journalists Still Push Boundaries?

What new regulations might mean for China’s beleaguered reporters.

BY DAVID SCHLESINGER , ORVILLE SCHELL , ROGIER CREEMERS , WEN YUNCHAO JULY 22, 2014

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On June 30, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television posted a statement on its website warning Chinese journalists not to share information with Continue reading

The PEN Ten with Michael F. Moore

PUBLISHED ON JULY 21, 2014

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The PEN Ten is PEN America’s biweekly interview series curated by Lauren Cerand. This week Lauren talks with Michael F. Moore, the chair of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund and an interpreter/translator from Italian. Continue reading

Journalist Fired Over Work for Hong Kong Website

July 22, 2014 2:30 AM

Posted By: Samuel Wade

The New York Times’ Kiki Zhao reports the sudden firing of journalist Song Zhibiao over commentaries he wrote for a Hong Kong website. China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Film, Continue reading

UNIDENTIFIED MEN ATTACK DISSIDENT BLOGGER NEAR HIS PARKED CAR

PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY 18 JULY 2014.
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Hu Jia links the attack to the recently launched “Return to Tiananmen Square” campaign

Unidentified men attacked dissident blogger and human rights activist Hu Jia as he was returning to his Beijing home on 16 July. The target of permanent police surveillance, Continue reading

“And Then We Went to the Brewery”: Reading as a Social Activity in a Digital Era

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Bar Crowd. Photo by Jonathan Adami
Photo by Jonathan Adami

 

In our hyperdigital era, mass reading events provide opportunities Continue reading

Memories from PEN, a tribute to Josephine Pullein-Thompson

 

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Posted July 21st, 2014 by English PEN staff & filed under Campaigns.
English PEN was saddened to learn of the death of our former president Josephine Pullein-Thompson Continue reading