PEN International about Oleg Sentsov

PEN International publishes Case List, documenting the increasing threats to freedom of expression worldwide The PEN International Case List, published today by the global writers association, documents egregious violations of freedom of expression worldwide. From cases of harassment, arrests, attacks, imprisonments and killings of writers and journalists around the world – it is clear that Read more about PEN International about Oleg Sentsov[…]

Save Oleg Sentsov!

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov sentenced to 20 years in Russian prison and seen as a political prisoner by Memorial organization, holds an infinite hunger strike demanding to free all Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. People who know him are sure that he will stand to the end. We demand that Sentsov be sent to his Read more about Save Oleg Sentsov![…]

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Statement of the ‘Free Word’ Association
On applying violence against demonstrators and journalists during protests on May 5

“Free Word” Association is outraged by the dispersal of peaceful street protests, the right to which is guaranteed by Article 31 of the Russian Constitution. In many cities across the country, unjustified violence was applied to demonstrators, including youngsters; the data on injuries and fractures keep coming. Among the victims are our colleagues, the journalists Read more about Statement of the ‘Free Word’ Association <br>On applying violence against demonstrators and journalists during protests on May 5[…]

Nadezhda Azhgikhina’s article in The Nation

Solidarity in Response to Rash of Sexual Harassment Accusations in Russia Shows That Times Are Changing—Slowly Many in the media are rallying behind the female journalists who have accused State Duma deputy Leonid Slutsky of sexual harassment. The article by Nadezhda Azhgikhina, a member of the Free Word Association, has recently been published in The Read more about Nadezhda Azhgikhina’s article in The Nation[…]

Can a Free Press Survive in Russia? The scorecard so far

The paper by Nadezhda Azhgikhina has been published by the Center for Freedom of the Media. The original publication can be found here. Can a Free Press Survive in Russia? The scorecard so far By Nadezda Azhgikhina, vice president of the European Federation of Journalists and board member of the Free Word Association. In 2017 Read more about Can a Free Press Survive in Russia? The scorecard so far[…]

Free Word Association Statement on Violation of the Rights of Our Fellow Female Journalists

March 15, 2018 The Free Word Association expresses solidarity with the women journalists from TV Rain radio station, BBC and other media who suffered from humiliation and harassment from Leonid Slutsky, a deputy of the RF State Duma. We consider any disrespectful behaviour towards a female journalist performing her responsibilities to be a direct violation Read more about Free Word Association Statement on Violation of the Rights of Our Fellow Female Journalists[…]

On the Decision to terminate the activities of the British Council in the Russian Federation

Joint Statement of the Free Word Association, PEN St. Petersburg and Masters of Literary Translation Guild On the Decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to terminate the activities of the British Council in the Russian Federation March 19, 2018 Russia terminates the activities of the British Council, an organization which has been working in Read more about On the Decision to terminate the activities of the British Council in the Russian Federation[…]

The Free Word Association Becomes Partner of the EFJ

Steering Committee Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) accepted the application of the Free Word Association (FWA) to become EFJ partner. The List of EFJ partners includes more than a dozen organizations and initiatives, among which are the Global Forum for Media Development, Article 19, the European Center for Press and Media Freedom, Read more about The Free Word Association Becomes Partner of the EFJ[…]

Philippe Sands’ keynote speech at the 83rd PEN congress in Lviv

  I begin by thanking PEN Ukraine and PEN International for inviting me to speak today. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a privilege to be invited to speak at the opening of this International PEN Congress, here in Lviv. Our world is facing new challenges, as the rise of nationalism and xenophobia causes governments around Read more about Philippe Sands’ keynote speech at the 83rd PEN congress in Lviv[…]

Presentation by the Free Word Association at the International PEN Congress

The 83rd Congress of the International PEN Club began September 18 in Lviv. Members of the Free Word Association contribute to its work. September 20, three discussions were organized, which focused on the USA, China, and Russia. Serguei Parkhomenko, the member of the FWA action group, presented a paper on the problem of the freedom Read more about Presentation by the Free Word Association at the International PEN Congress[…]

A new film about Yury Shchekochikhin

Yury Shchekochikhin: Life in Word and Deed. Golden Film Studio, 2017, 40 minutes. Golden Film Studio’s 40-minute documentary examines the life and work of investigative journalist and Duma representative Yury Shchekochikhin. An outspoken champion of democracy, free expression, and the rule of law during perestroika and in post-Soviet Russia, Yury was famous for his probing Read more about A new film about Yury Shchekochikhin[…]

Free Word Association demands publicity and justice for Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseev

Free Word Association expresses its indignation over the continuing illegal detention of Stanislav Aseev, 27-year-old Ukrainian journalist and writer, in Donbassterritories uncontrolled by the Ukrainian government. Stanislav Aseev disappeared in Donetsk in the early June 2017, and for a long time his whereabouts were undisclosed. In mid July, military representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People Read more about Free Word Association demands publicity and justice for Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseev[…]

Free Word Association in support of Stanislav Aseyev

June 23, 2017 As it became known from the mass media and human rights organizations, a writer, publicist, journalist Stanislav Aseyev (known under the pseudonym Stanislav Vasin) disappeared in Donetsk. Stanislav Aseyev is an author of journalist essays and reportages from Donetsk published in a number of Ukrainian media: “Український тиждень”, “Украинская правда” and “Зеркало Read more about Free Word Association in support of Stanislav Aseyev[…]