Focus Issues

Because many challenges to free expression transcend national and regional boundaries, PEN America looks at Focus Issues through a comparative lens to identify trends in free expression violations and strategies to address them in communities around the world. Read below to learn more about the prevailing threats to free expression today.

Distinct local contexts can shape threats to free expression and the resistance that challenge them. Learn more the conditions for free expression in our Focus Regions.

The M Word: Muslim Americans Take the Mic

Follow us on Facebook!  For centuries, Muslim Americans have played a vital role in building America’s varied and inspiring cultural landscape. But throughout history, their voices have often been marginalized… More

Digital Freedom

Nearly 50 percent of the imprisoned writers on PEN’s case list are persecuted for what they have written or blogged online. In response to this growing threat, PEN America… More