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‘I’m writing articles, and I’m being tried as a terrorist,’ exiled writers in Canada pushing feds for quicker refugee processing of families

By Kristen Shane      

A Turkish journalist’s wife and three kids are moving from place to place in Turkey for their safety. It should be easier to bring people like them to Canada, says PEN Canada.

Marina Nemat—an author, former political prisoner in Iran, and chair of PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile Committee—says she'd like PEN to work with the federal government to quickly identify and process threatened journalists and their families for resettlement. The Hill Times photograph by Chelsea Nash
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A group that advocates for threatened writers who’ve sought asylum in Canada says the federal government should expedite the process for bringing their family members, who are still in danger abroad, to join them in Canada. Members of PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile Committee brought this message to immigration and foreign ministry officials they met with last month in Ottawa. Committee chair Marina Nemat, an award-winning author of the bestselling book Prisoner of Tehran, who was tortured during two

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