ICPC Statement on PEN International Day of Imprisoned Writer

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15 November 2014

ICPC Statement on PEN International Day of Imprisoned Writer
Chen Shuqing Honored the Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award
And 17 Writers Adopted as Honorary Members

Chen ShuqingThe Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) has honoured Mr. CHEN Shuqinqing, its member and an imprisoned writer in China, this year’s Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award for his long-term tenacity and courage in writing despite the threat of imprisonment. In addition, ICPC have adopted seventeen of writers imprisoned in China as its new honorary members, including WANG Bingzhang, GARTSE Jigme, WO Zhongxiao, WANG Jianmin, SHEN Yongping, TANG Jingling, WANG Qingying, YUAN Chaoyang, XU Zhiqiang, HUANG Zerong, GUO Yushan, KOU Yanding, HUANG Kaiping, ZHANG Miao, CHEN Kun, CHEN Yongzhou and JIANG Lijun.

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PEN For Freedom (No.1-12)

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Chinese journalist charged with handing over state secrets

Human rights fears grow as Gao Yu, 70, faces life sentence, while jailed Uighur scholar’s appeal is turned down

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Chinese journalist Gao Yu in 2012. State media have said she is accused of leaking an internal Communist party document to foreigners. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Tania Branigan in Beijing

Friday 21 November 2014 09.30 EST

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Rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang faces more charges as police hand case to prosecutors

Activist attorney Pu Zhiqiang is accused of a total of four offences as investigators hand his case to prosecutors in next step towards trial

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 November, 2014, 3:08am UPDATED : Friday, 21 November, 2014, 9:34am
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Chinese activist and journalist go on trial

Reporter Gao faces charges of revealing state secrets while Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti’s life sentence appeal rejected.

Last updated: 21 Nov 2014 08:55

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Chinese journalist Gao Yu faces life sentence for leaking state secrets

Gao Yu, an outspoken liberal journalist, denies charges as she goes on trial in Beijing

china-gao-yu-2007-300x184Gao Yu was arrested in April and charged with feeding a secret document to ‘an overseas website’ Photo: AFP

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Evan Osnos writes of the imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo, whose picture is being carried by Chinese protesters. Credit Tyrone Siu/Reuters

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Chinese Government Moves to Limit and Eliminate Public Service NGOs: the Case of Liren Rural Libraries

By Song Zhibiao, published: November 17, 2014

Editor’s update: Liren Rural Libraries announced its closure on September 18, 2014.


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English PEN marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer by launching ‘Time to Read’ e-Book

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English PEN marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer by launching Time to Read, a new e-book collection of work by writers at risk and former PEN cases from all over the globe

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China, From Within: A First for Chinese Women, and a Prominent Muckraker Quits

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