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Satirical Plays Attacked and Banned

International PEN strongly protests attacks against the cast and crew of the satirical play The Crocodile of Zambezi, and its banning by the police, in Bulawayo in May 2008. More

Publisher Sentenced Under Article 301

International PEN condemns the sentencing of publisher Ragip Zarakolu in Istanbul on June 17 for "insulting the State" (Article 301, Turkish Penal Code). More

Poet Melissa Rocío Patiño Hinostroza Released

International PEN welcomes the release pending trial of the 20-year-old poet Melissa Rocío Patiño Hinostroza, who was released from maximum-security prison on May 8, after 70 days’ detention. More

Newspaper Editor Given One-Month Prison Sentence

International PEN protests the one-month prison sentence imposed on Aboubacar Gourouza, managing editor of L’Eveil Plus, on March 6, 2008, for charges of bringing the Nigeri justice system into… More