The Vietnamese government continues to quash dissent, with a particular focus on controlling the public’s access to social media and expanding the government’s ability to obtain access to personal… More

Israel and Gaza

PEN America statements, free expression resources, and stories of writers and artists from the Israel-Hamas war. More


The Chinese government is the world’s leading jailer of writers and public intellectuals. Writers, journalists, bloggers, and creative artists face censorship, harassment, imprisonment, and enforced disappearance because of their… More

Russian Independent Media Archive

The Russian Independent Media Archive is preserving the last two decades  of independent Russian journalism, guarding this irreplaceable historical record against erasure. More

Protesters walk across a bridge displaying a sign in Georgian that reads “‘No to censorship! Independence to the film center!’” with words "Free Expression in Eurasia" in red brackets overlaid


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

people hold signs with messages of solidarity with Ukraine with free expression in Ukraine overlay text


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

A man looking at shelves of books at a bookstore in Myanmar; on top: “Free Expression in 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

People visiting the Tomb of Hafez, a famous Iranian poet, in the town of Shiraz; on top: “Free Expression in Iran”


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

Lina and Walid Al-Hathloul holding signs at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala in New York

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

Protest in 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