China Advocacy: Subversive Poetry, Prison, and Exile

[caption id="attachment_7819" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Yu Jie. Photo by Voice of America via Wikimedia Commons."][/caption] All across the world, we at PEN have noticed a trend against freedom of expression: the number… More

PEN Deplores Occupy Wall Street Press Freedom Violations

[caption id="attachment_5953" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP, via the Guardian"][/caption] In a press release issued on November 15, the PEN American Center deplored the violation of press freedoms in… More

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

[caption id="attachment_2757" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Photo by cccefalon via Wikimedia Commons"][/caption] Today marks the 30th annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer, a yearly commemoration of writers around the world who have… More

Turkish PEN’s Ragip Zarakolu Sends Open Letter from Prison

[caption id="attachment_5666" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Ragip Zarakolu in Oslo"][/caption] Earlier this week, PEN reported that publisher, writer, rights advocate, and leading Turkish PEN Member Ragip Zarakolu was arrested in a roundup… More

Venezuelan PEN Challenges Country’s Human Rights Record at UN

[caption id="attachment_4223" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Popular Venezuelan newspapers. Photo by Cristobal Alvarado Minic."][/caption] Last Friday in Geneva, it was Venezuela’s turn to be examined by the Universal Periodic Review of the… More

Fighting Ideological Exclusion in South Africa

South African PEN is protesting the South African government’s failure to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama to attend fellow Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu’s private 80th birthday… More

Zhou Qing: Punished to Save Them

Zhou Qing is a writer and board member of the Independent Chinese PEN Center who has written several groundbreaking books of investigative nonfiction. Imprisoned for almost three years after taking… More

U.N. Calls on China to Release Liu Xiaobo

Last week, the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, a panel comprised of independent legal experts, ruled that 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, currently serving an 11-year… More