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Qatar Authorities Thwart PEN Prison Visit with al-Ajami

PEN representatives were denied access to jailed poet Mohammed al-Ajami this week after Qatar’s highest court upheld the poet’s 15-year sentence on Monday. Al-Ajami remains in solitary confinement two… More

PEN Protests Shocking NSA Phone Surveillance

PEN American Center President Peter Godwin called the surveillance “a shocking intrusion” that “underscores our worst fears that the U.S. government has veered off the rails in its understanding… More

PEN Decries Harsh Sentencing of Eskinder Nega

New York City, July 13, 2012—PEN American Center reacted angrily to the sentencing of journalist Eskinder Nega to 18 years in prison on bogus terrorism charges in Ethiopia, calling… More