PEN America Blog
Journalist prevented from speaking in Qatar
Indian journalist Rana Ayyub, who authored a book on the 2002 Gujarat riots, was prevented from speaking at an event organised by the Indian Association of Bihar and Jharkhand in Doha, Qatar. IABJ organizers purportedly faced pressure from the Modi government in India.
We launched the Illustrated PEN in the spring of 2015 with the graphic novel Baddawi, by Chicago-based Palestinian artist and organizer Leila Abdelrazaq. The series aspired to be at the intersection of literature, journalism, and visual storytelling, where images and words come together in an ever-emerging and essential creative form.