Writers Freed in Afghanistan, China

PEN welcomes the release of journalist Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, who had originally been sentenced to death for blasphemy in Afghanistan, and Ilham Tohti, a member of the Uighur PEN… More

Assessing the fallout from Tiananmen

The bloody scars of the past have been airbrushed out of the photo and those who try to draw attention to that cleansing of the historical record have been… More

The Poet in an Unknown Prison

On April 16, the PEN American Center named the Beijing-based writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo the recipient of the 2009 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. The award honors… More

Prominent Writer Liu Xiaobo Honored in New York

PEN America honored Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s preeminent dissident writers and activists and a leading figure in the PEN movement internationally, with PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. More