South Africa: Nobel Laureates and PEN Battle for Free Expression

[caption id="attachment_13498" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Photo by John Sonderman on CreativeCommons"][/caption] We're excited that the UK-based Guardian has reported on the important free expression battles unfolding in South Africa, summarizing international condemnation of… More

Take Action: Eskinder Nega Verdict Due Next Week

[caption id="attachment_11203" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Eskinder Nega, photo by Lennart Kjörling"][/caption] Yesterday, Senator Patrick Leahy issued a strong statement in support of 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award recipient Eskinder… More

Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong

Liu Xiaobo was in Hong Kong on Saturday. He sat silent in a frame, on an empty chair, as hundreds of people bent down to him, a sign of… More

Russian PEN: Protesting Anti-Protest Legislation

[caption id="attachment_13392" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Russian protestors clash with riot police in Moscow"][/caption] News this week that Russian authorities had arrested more protestors and that teams of investigators raided the homes… More

On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons with Torture

[caption id="attachment_12717" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Sketch of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin"][/caption] On this weekend's Moyers & Company (check local listings), PEN American Center's Larry Siems, author of… More

PEN Heading to Supreme Court

[caption id="attachment_12462" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="U.S. Supreme Court, photo by Matt H. Wade via WikiCommons"][/caption] The Supreme Court announced today that it will consider whether plaintiffs represented by the ACLU—a list… More

PEN Presses for Visa for Palestinian Poet

Yesterday, we got word through our Translation Committee that Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, whose collection Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me is being released by Yale University Press… More

PEN Goes to the UN

[caption id="attachment_10630" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Members of the UN Human Rights Committee"][/caption] For the past three weeks, I've been trudging up to the UN to engage with the Human Rights Committee.… More