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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Liu Xia | Status: House Arrest | China

Liu Xia, poet, artist, and founding member of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, is married to the imprisoned poet, literary critic, and former Independent Chinese PEN Center President Liu… More

Fazil Say | Status: Released | Turkey

Fazil Say is a world renowned Turkish pianist and composer who was convicted of insulting Islam and offending Muslims in postings on Twitter on April 15, 2013. More

Ta Phong Tan | Status: Released | Vietnam

Ta Phong Tan is a Vietnamese Blogger, jurist, and former police officer. She was arrested on September 5, 2011 and sentenced to 10 years in prison for “conducting propaganda… More

Kunchok Tsephel | Status: In Prison | China/Tibet Autonomous Region

Kunchok Tsephel is a prominent internet writer and editor of the Tibetan-language website Chomei (Butter Lamp), which promotes Tibetan culture and literature. He was arrested in February 2009 and… More

Rodney Sieh | Status: Released | Liberia

Rodney Sieh, founder of FrontPageAfrica, is a Liberian journalist with over seventeen years’ experience working in Liberia and abroad. More

Mohammed al-Ajami | Status: Released | Qatar

Born on December 24, 1975, Mohammed al-Ajami, a Qatari citizen, is a poet and a third-year literature student at Cairo University. He is married with two daughters and two… More

Ayşe Berktay | Status: On Trial | Turkey

Ayşe Berktay, a translator, cultural and women's rights activist, is currently on trial in Turkey for "membership in an illegal organization." She faces up to 15 years in prison… More

Normando Hernández González | Status: Released | Cuba

Normando Hernández González is a Cuban writer and independent journalist imprisoned during Cuba's Black Spring on March 18, 2003. He was released in a wave of amnesty on July… More

Enoh Meyomesse | Status: Released | Cameroon

Enoh Meyomesse, 57, is a writer, blogger, historian and political activist who has published more than 15 books of poetry, prose, essays, and works on political and cultural themes… More

Multiple Journalists | Status: In Prison | Eritrea

Yousif Mohammed Ali, Matheos Habteab, Dawit Habtemichael, Medhanie Haile, Temesegen Ghebereyesus, Amanuel Asrat, Sahle Tseazagab (Wedi-Itay), Dawit Isaak, Fesshaye "Joshua" Yohannes , & Said Abdelkadir All of… More

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