Combating the Multiplying Challenges to the Right of Free Expression
Journalists—traditional targets of authoritarian governments who want to limit their watchdog role—are being killed in record numbers. At least 61 were murdered in 2014 alone. More
Six PEN Members Decline Gala After Award for Charlie Hebdo
The decision by PEN American Center to give its Freedom of Expression Courage award to the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has prompted six writers to withdraw as literary… More
2015 PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award
Charlie Hebdo"Being shocked is a part of democratic debate. Being shot is not." -Gerárd Biard, Editor-in-Chief of Charlie Hebdo (Read the full remarks from the 2015 PEN Gala award presentation here.)At… More
May 5 PEN Literary Gala Honors Free Expression Defenders on the Front Lines
In a year bloodied by violent attacks on expression, PEN will honor Tom Stoppard, Charlie Hebdo, and Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle. More
Watch: After Charlie – What’s Next for Art, Satire, and Censorship?
The massacre at Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 brought urgent questions about censorship, satire, offense, and artistic responsibility to the forefront. On February 19, 2015, PEN American Center, The… More
Will the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Attack Reshape Who We Are?
Organized by PEN American Center, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and French Institute Alliance Francaise, the panel discussion “After Charlie: What’s Next for Art, Satire and Censorship,” illustrated some… More
The Heat debates free speech and assembly in France
The murder of several cartoonists at satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January left many shocked and horrified. However along with the global outpouring of sympathy seen in France,… More
Authors, Literary Orgs Respond to ‘Hebdo’ Attack in Paris
...the PEN American Center has issued a statement in response to the the attack Wednesday on the Paris offices of newspaper Charlie Hebdo, described by the group as an… More