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Myanmar: Poet sentenced to 6 months in prison and released

25 May 2016                                                                                         Update #1 to RAN 10/16 PEN welcomes the release of poet and PEN Myanmar member, Maung Saung Kha. Maung Saung Kha was arrested on 5 November 2015 on charges of criminal insult (under Article 505 of...

Thailand: British rights activist goes on trial for defamation

16 May 2016                                                                                       Update #1 to RAN 01/16 PEN International calls on the Thai authorities to drop all charges against migrant rights activist Andy Hall ahead of his court hearing on 19 May 2016. Following a Bangkok court’s...

Myanmar: Poet on trial for defamation

13 May 2016                                                                                         RAN 10/16 PEN calls on the Myanmar authorities to drop all charges against poet and PEN Myanmar member, Maung Saung Kha. Maung Saung Kha was arrested on 5 November 2015 on charges of criminal insult (under...

Myanmar: Five journalists released following presidential pardon

22 April 2016                                                                                                    Update #1 to RAN 12/14 PEN International welcomes the release of five journalists with the Unity weekly journal, on 17 April 2016 following a presidential pardon. The five were arrested in January and February 2014, and...