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Rapid Action

Rapid Action

PEN's Rapid Actions are urgent bulletins about writers at risk of arrest, imprisonment, or attack. Each of the bulletins contains a brief summary of the case and information on who you can contact to stop or mitigate the abuse.

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Iran
July 25, 2014

Journalist Saba Azarpeik, detained since May 28, 2014 without charge, appeared in court on July 21 and 22 and was reported to be in bad physical and psychological condition. ... more »

Myanmar
July 17, 2014

PEN is calling for five journalists in Myanmar to be released immediately and unconditionally and for any charges against the another fifty journalists related to their peaceful protest to be dropped. ... more »

Kazakhstan
July 16, 2014

PEN is deeply concerned by reports that the imprisoned poet Aron Atabek, who is in ill health, has been tortured and otherwise ill-treated by prison guards. ... more »

Iran
July 16, 2014

PEN is deeply concerned by the conviction and sentencing of journalist and blogger Marzieh Rasouli to imprisonment and flogging. ... more »

Tajikistan
June 26, 2014

PEN is deeply concerned by the detention, reportedly on treason charges, of the blogger and academic Alexander Sodiqov. ... more »

Kazakhstan
June 20, 2014

PEN is deeply concerned by reports that the Kazakh prison authorities are denying medical treatment to poet Aron Atabek. ... more »

Thailand
June 10, 2014

Six weeks after the murder of prominent "Red-Shirt" poet Mainueng K. Kunthee, who was shot dead on April 23, 2014, by unknown assailants, freedom of expression is severely suppressed and a climate of fear prevails. ... more »

Turkey
June 9, 2014

On June 11, 2014, Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals will deliver its final decision in the marathon trial of sociologist, writer, and feminist Pınar Selek. ... more »

Saudi Arabia
May 30, 2014

A Saudi Arabian court sentenced website editor Raef Badawi to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals (approx. US$266,631) on charges of “insulting Islam” and “founding a liberal website” by Jeddah’s Criminal Court on May 7, 2014. ... more »

China
May 12, 2014

Gao Yu, missing since April 24, 2014, has been confirmed to be detained by Beijing police in a criminal investigation for allegedly "leaking state secrets abroad." ... more »

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