The murder of Sabeen Mahmud, director of bookstore and community space The Second Floor (T2F), today in Karachi showcases the heinous fear tactics used to quash dissent in Pakistan, PEN American Center said in a statement.
In the latest onslaught on free expression, the government of Turkey made international headlines this month when it again went head-to-head with internet sites Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Google over the issue of censorship.
PEN calls on Angolan authorities to drop criminal defamation charges against leading journalist and anti-corruption activist Rafael Marques de Morais and cease its ongoing efforts to stifle freedom of expression in Angola.
In general, the March 24 ruling should be considered a victory. But this victory remains marred by the fact that limits on content are obscured due to an ongoing lack of transparency.
PEN strongly opposes Senator Mitch McConnell's effort to summarily reauthorize the Patriot Act's provisions on mass surveillance in their current form without any debate.