If Netizens United: Rebecca MacKinnon’s Consent of the Networked


 A review of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom (Basic Books, 2012), by Rebecca MacKinnon Chinese journalist Shi Tao was jailed in 2005 after Yahoo provided Chinese state security agents with emails he had sent on a Yahoo China account. The emails had alerted a New York web editor of a recent Chinese government document instructing national media in what not to...

Camilla Gibb’s letter to Dawit Isaac, imprisoned Eritrean Journalist


Camilla Gibb read this letter on September 23rd, 2011, at PEN Canada‘s commemorative event, “The Other Side of Silence – Speaking out for Eritrea’s Imprisoned Journalists.” Dear Dawit, I wonder if sometimes, you feel that imagination is all you have left. And if you do, Dawit, if you even have the strength to let yourself dream for a moment, imagine there is a world beyond where you...

PEN Canada and Eritrea’s Imprisoned Journalists: The Unbearable Power of Speaking


The tenth anniversary of the imprisonment of twenty Eritrean journalists on Friday, September 23rd 2011, might have passed unremarked and in silence had it not been for the efforts of PEN Canada and Ryerson University. PEN Programs and Communications Coordinator Brendan De Caires chose the most pertinent and yet unexpected words of Salman Rushdie to fuel the imagination and catalyse the...