CNW official newswire of PEN Canada

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - CNW Group, Canada's largest news and information
distribution service for professional communicators, today announced it is the
"official newswire" of PEN Canada.
    PEN Canada works on behalf of writers, at home and abroad, who have been
forced into silence for writing the truth as they see it. The organization
works for the release of imprisoned writers internationally and against
censorship in Canada.
    "As the official newswire of PEN Canada, CNW Group has offered access to
their national networks to enable us to inform the rest of Canada about the
plight of writers imprisoned for simply penning their thoughts and of
important censorship issues here in Canada," said Isobel Harry, Executive
Director, PEN Canada.
    "CNW is the leading source of full-text news in Canada since 1960. More
than 80 per cent of Canada's media companies use CNW to disseminate their own
corporate information, a fact that speaks not only to our credibility and
reliability in the news distribution business, but also to the long-standing
relationships CNW has built up over the years with Canada's journalism and
media organizations," said David Milliken, Senior Vice President, Media

    About PEN Canada

    PEN Canada is an independent non-profit organization committed to
defending freedom of opinion, as guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). We campaign on behalf of writers around
the world who are persecuted for the expression of their opinions. In Canada
we speak out regularly to defend the right of freedom of expression as
enshrined in Section 2(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
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    About CNW Group

    Established in 1960, CNW Group is the Canadian expert in news and
information distribution services for professional communicators. CNW is part
of the International PR Newswire network, reaching news outlets in
135 countries worldwide.
    CNW Group provides electronic distribution, targeting, monitoring,
translation, Webcast, broadcast and disclosure services to corporate,
government, association, labour, non-profit and other clients around the
world, helping them to connect with local and global audiences including the
news media, the investment community and the general public.
    CNW Group is co-owned by two news distribution powerhouses: PR Newswire,
based in New York City, USA and PA Group, based in London, UK.

For further information:

For further information: David Milliken, Senior Vice President, Media
Relations, CNW Group, (416) 863-5616,,

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