Prison Banned Books Week 2023

Tell your state elected officials and officials in Departments of Corrections that they must oppose censorship in carceral institutions and create laws or policies to prevent it.   More

Reporters, microphones, and cameras on left; on right: “World Press Freedom Day 2021” and PEN America logo

World Press Freedom Day 2021

This World Press Freedom Day, PEN America is highlighting the writing of journalists that demonstrate the necessity of local new stories in fostering informed civil discourse. More

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What to Expect 2020

As we near Election Day, PEN America is working to prepare you for what to expect this campaign season. Learn how to spot, check, and stop disinformation and defend… More

Free Speech 2020

Free Speech 2020

Throughout 2020, PEN America is standing up for free speech and your right to speak out. Join us to defend press freedom, fight online harassment, combat disinformation, and uphold… 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