PEN International welcomes five new PEN Centres

2 November 2018 – PEN International, the global association of writers dedicated to promoting literature and defending freedom of expression, is proud to welcome five new Centres to the PEN community. PEN Iraq, PEN Perth, PEN Moscow, PEN Cape Verde and PEN Guinea-Bissau were elected on 27 September 2018 at the 84th PEN International Congress Read more about PEN International welcomes five new PEN Centres[…]

PEN America demands Oleg Sentsov’s immediate release

IN LIGHT OF HUNGER STRIKE, PEN AMERICA DEMANDS OLEG SENTSOV’S IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2018 Vladimir Putin President of Russia 23, Ulitsa Ilyinka Moscow 103132 Russia Cc: Gianni Infantino, President, FIFA   Dear President Putin,   We, the undersigned artists, writers, filmmakers, and activists, join PEN America to call for the immediate and unconditional release Read more about PEN America demands Oleg Sentsov’s immediate release[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

The “Free Word” Association presents The Report on Violations and State Restrictions on Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Publication, and Freedom of Artistic Creativity in Russia in 2016-2017

Who and how violates the legal norms, which guarantee freedom of expression and freedom of speech in modern Russia? How is the Law on protection of journalists’ rights, independence of media and freedom of press actually enforced? What forms of censorship – officially banned by the Russian Constitution – are nevertheless systematically applied by the authorities?