Liu Xia | Status: Released | China

Liu Xia, poet and artist, was married to the imprisoned poet, literary critic, former Independent Chinese PEN Center president, and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who passed away in July… More

Ahmed Naji | Status: Conditional Release | Egypt

Ahmed Naji was temporarily released from prison in Egypt on December 22, 2016, after his two-year prison sentence for “violating public modesty” was suspended by an appeals court on… More

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo | Status: On Trial | Myanmar

Prosecutors have charged the journalists with obtaining important and secret state documents relating to the crisis in Rakhine State, from which some 680,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled since August… More

Oleg Sentsov | Status: In Prison | Russia

Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director, was sentenced to 20 years in a Russian prison on charges of terrorism on August 25, 2015. PEN believes that the charges stem… More

Mahmoud Abou Zeid (Shawkan) | Status: On Trial | Egypt

Shawkan is a journalist and photographer who often depicts daily cultural life and produces street portraits. He is a contributor to publications such as Time Magazine, Die Zeit, BILD,… More

Galal El-Behairy | Status: In Prison | Egypt

Galal El-Behairy is an Egyptian poet, lyricist, and activist who has been in detention in Tora Prison in Cairo since March 2018. More

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (Mother Mushroom) | Status: In Prison | Vietnam

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, better known as “Mother Mushroom,” is a prominent independent blogger, whose blog addresses social concerns in Vietnam. More

Nasrin Sotoudeh | Status: Detained | Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh was abruptly re-arrested on June 13, 2018 and taken to Evin prison. According to her husband, who she managed to speak to shortly after her detention, she… More

Dareen Tatour | Status: Convicted | Israel/Palestine

Poet Dareen Tatour, a Palestinian citizen of Israel who has spent more than two years in jail or under house arrest since October 2015, was convicted on May 3,… More

Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu | Status: On Trial | Turkey

Award-winning filmmaker Çayan Demirel and veteran journalist Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, the two Turkish directors of the documentary Bakur (which means north in Kurdish), are facing up to 5 years in… More