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

The Fault in Our DNA-‘A Troublesome Inheritance’ and ‘Inheritance’




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In his 2007 book “A Farewell to Alms,” the economic historian Gregory Clark argued that the English came to rule the world largely because their rich outbred their poor Continue reading

Minitrue: CCTV’s Rui Chenggang Detained

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, has been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

News of the investigation of Rui Chenggang should not be on Continue reading

In Inquiry in China, Police Detain Star Anchor



BEIJING — A prominent Chinese state television anchor known for his strident efforts to champion China’s political and economic systems has been detained by the authorities, the state news media reported on Saturday.

The television anchor, Rui Chenggang, a popular host of a financial Continue reading

Balkans home to nearly half of media freedom violations



Since its launch at the end of May, over 170 cases have been submitted on the media freedom crowd-sourcing platform promoted by Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso and Index on Censorship. Continue reading

“Authors Guild v. HathiTrust: Implications for Libraries”, Analysis of Decision From Library Copyright Alliance

Filed by Gary Price on July 11, 2014

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A new seven page analysis of the June 10, 2014 U.S. Court of Appeals Authors Guild v. HathiTrust decision Continue reading

Ethiopia: Young bloggers jailed for over two months without charge

Six members of blogging group Zone 9 and three other journalists could could face terrorism charges in one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists

By Milana Knezevic / 11 July, 2014

(Photo: Zone 9/Facebook)
“We blog because we care!” This is the slogan and rallying cry of Zone 9, a group of young Ethiopians Continue reading

Journalists Sentenced to 10 Years in Myanmar



PEN American Center strongly protests the sentencing of an editor and four journalists in Myanmar to 10 years in prison. The journalists, from the newspaper Unity, Continue reading

Books With (Almost) Identical Covers

Posted: 07/10/2014 9:08 am EDT Updated: 07/10/2014 9:59 am EDT Print Article

Imagine if all book covers are black, and the titles and the authors’ names are printed in white. There is no visual language, no identity, no warmth, no genial introduction. And the feeling is not different when we see books with covers of the same shade, images, and layout. Continue reading

Sin and Vice



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Bars in Beijing’s well-known Sanlitun night club district are packed with foreigners in town to enjoy the Olympics, on August 14, 2008 in Beijing, China. Continue reading

Authors’ incomes collapse to ‘abject’ levels

ALCS survey finds median annual earnings for professional writers have fallen to £11,000, 29% down since 2005

Will Self
‘My own royalty income has fallen dramatically over the last decade,’ … Will Self. Photograph: Murdo Macleod
Will Self’s lament for the death of the novel earlier this summer has been cast into stark relief by “shocking” new statistics Continue reading