PEN Award Winner Nasrin Sotoudeh Freed

PEN American Center today welcomed the release of Iranian journalist and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, calling it “a victory for all men and women fighting for justice for their fellow… More

Jailed Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Ends Hunger Strike

PEN American Center is relieved to learn that lawyer and journalist Nasrin Sotoudeh today suspended her 48-day hunger strike after authorities reportedly lifted travel restrictions on her 12-year-old daughter.… More

Akbar Ganji | Status: Displaced/In Exile | Iran

Akbar Ganji is considered Iran's leading investigative journalist. He is also the author of the best-selling book Dungeon of Ghosts, a collection of Ganji's newspaper articles published in early… More

Hojjatoleslam Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari | Status: Released | Iran

Eshkevari was released from prison on February 6, 2005. He was freed after serving two-thirds of his seven-year jail term. A condition of his release is that Eshkevari will… More

Siamak Pourzand | Status: Deceased | Iran

Siamak Pourzand was a journalist and film critic. He was manager of the Majmue-ye Farrhangi-ye Honari-ye Tehran, a cultural center for writers, artists, and intellectuals. More

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Status: Released | Iran

Academic and writer Ramin Jahanbegloo was arrested at Tehran airport on April 27, 2006, as he was about to leave for an international conference in Brussels, and his house… More

Azeri Poets Released

PEN International welcomes the release on September 4, 2012, of Azeri writers Farid Huseyn and Shahriyar Hajizade, who had been held in Iran since May 2, 2012. According to… More

Mounting Concerns for Two Detained Azeri Poets

PEN International is seriously concerned for the welfare of Azeri writers Farid Huseyn and Shahriyar Hajizade, who have been held without charge in Iran since May 2, 2012. PEN… More