Margaret Jones, 1923-2006

Sydney PEN is saddened to learn of the death of Margaret Jones, journalist, author and former Sydney PEN Vice President and Chair of our Writers in Prison Committee. Throughout a long and distinguished career in journalism, Margaret held a number of significant posts, many at the Sydney Morning Herald: literary editor, and correspondent based in New York, Washington (the paper's first) and London. Following Australia's normalising of relations with the People's Republic of China, Margaret became the first Herald correspondent based in mainland China since the Second World War. She is the author of Thatcher's Kingdom, The Confucius Engima and The Smiling Buddha. Margaret will be remembered at Sydney PEN for her crisp, impeccably researched and often witty reports to committee and her indefatigable work protesting to governments (some she had previously covered as a journalist) on behalf of writers censored, attacked, imprisoned and killed. A wake will be held at the Bellevue Hotel, Paddington, Monday, 7 August, 6 pm.


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