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Writers At Risk

PEN’s bedrock work is long-term advocacy on behalf of individual writers who are being persecuted because of their work. This page features several of our highest priority cases. With the help of our members and supporters, we are carrying out campaigns to win their release and ensure they are safe and can write and publish freely.

Take a moment to share information about these writers and take action on their behalf.

This is only a small sampling of writers under threat around the world. Click here for the most recent PEN International case list.

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Ahmet Şik | Status: Detained | Turkey

Ahmet Şık is an investigative journalist and writer dedicated to reporting on human rights abuses and government actions in Turkey. He was most recently charged on December 30, 2016,… More

Shamsuzzoha Manik | Status: On Trial | Bangladesh

Bangladeshi translator, writer, editor, and publisher More

Bigeldy Gabdullin | Status: Convicted | Kazakhstan

Bigeldy Gabdullin, journalist and President of the Kazakh PEN Club, was detained on November 15, 2016, and formally arrested on November 16, on charges of extortion. The international community… More

Necmiye Alpay | Status: On Trial | Turkey

Turkish translator, editor, journalist and staunch defender of free expression More

Dareen Tatour | Status: House Arrest | Israel/Palestine

Poet Dareen Tatour is a Palestinian citizen of Israel who is currently under house arrest while awaiting trial on charges of incitement to violence and support of terrorism. She… More

Shokjang (Druklo) | Status: Convicted | Tibet Autonomous Region

Shokjang, a Tibetan writer and intellectual, was sentenced to three years in prison on February 17, 2016. He has rejected this sentence and maintains his innocence. Tibetans are at… More

Alexey Kungurov | Status: Detained | Russia

Alexey Kungurov is a blogger from Russian Siberia who was charged with public calls to terrorism for his blogpost in LiveJournal named “Who did Putin Falcons Actually Bomb” where… More

Grigory Pasko | Status: Under Threat | Russia

Grigory Pasko is the director of the Community of Investigative Journalists, an organization that teaches investigative techniques to reporters and bloggers across Russia. On September 26, 2016, he was… More

Narges Mohammadi | Status: Convicted | Iran

Narges Mohammadi is an independent journalist and the former vice-president and spokesperson of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), which advocates for human rights reform and represents political… More

Nazlı Ilıcak | Status: Detained | Turkey

On July 25, 2016, arrest warrants were put out for 42 Turkish journalists for their suspected affiliation with the Gülenist movement. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) accuses the Gülenist movement of… More

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