Eurasia

While some countries in Eurasia have seen democratic progress, in others authoritarian regimes continue to crack down on independent free expression. More

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Ukraine

We stand in solidarity with our PEN Ukraine colleagues and all the writers, artists, and people of Ukraine as they seek to defend their rights and their democracy.  More

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Myanmar

Myanmar’s threats and challenges to free expression serve as an alarming backdrop to the dramatic escalation of human rights abuses carried out by the military junta. More

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Iran

Despite its rich cultural and literary traditions, Iran is among the world’s most restrictive countries for freedom of expression. More

United States

The United States proudly stands as a haven for free expression at home and a champion of free speech abroad. PEN America works to ensure that the United States… More

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Saudi Arabia

PEN America's Saudi Arabia advocacy focuses on ensuring justice for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and calling for the release of imprisoned writers. More

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Mexico

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Additionally, a mix of other restrictions in the country serve to limit free expression in both… More

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Turkey

Following an attempted coup in July 2016, the climate for free expression in Turkey has dramatically deteriorated. PEN America’s advocacy centers on writers and journalists who are in detention… More

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Bangladesh

The climate for free expression in Bangladesh has significantly deteriorated: Radical Islamist groups have claimed the killings of six bloggers, free thinkers, and their publishers since February 2015, and… More

China

In recent years, addressing the dire situation for free expression in China has been one of PEN America’s signature campaigns. With the world’s largest population, and with increased economic… More

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