Writers at Risk Database

Roberto Saviano

In July 2018, Italy’s then Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini declared he was suing writer Saviano for defamation for calling him “The Minister of the Underworld” in a speech.… More

The Last Word

Italian writer Erri De Luca reflects on his trial following his September 21 court appearance, with statements in both English and Italian. More

Sabotaging Free Speech in Italy

In Paris and throughout France, millions took to the street last Sunday in support of freedom of expression. And yet, in Italy, at the end of this month, one… More

Author Threatened with Death

International PEN is concerned by reports that mafia members in Italy who were denounced in Roberto Saviano’s novel Gomorrah have reportedly announced he will be assassinated by Christmas. More

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