2018 Literary Gala: Eskinder Nega

I ask whether those who are free have an obligation towards those of us who are not free. And I say they do. This obligation is not legal but… More

Eskinder Nega | Status: Released | Ethiopia

Eskinder Nega, a journalist and dissident blogger who is one of Ethiopia’s leading advocates for press freedom and freedom of expression, served almost 7 years of an 18-year sentence… More

Ali Al-Domaini | Status: Released | Saudi Arabia

Ali Al-Domaini is a poet and writer whose publications include three collections of poetry and one novel in Arabic. As a political activist, he has campaigned for a move… More

Ahmed Naji in 2015

Court Orders Retrial for Ahmed Naji

The court's decision to order a retrial for the novelist prolongs a legal battle over free expression in Egypt that has already gone on far too long. More

Nizar Nayouf | Status: In Exile | Syria

Nizar Nayouf is a writer, sociologist, and human rights activist who, at the time of the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, was serving a 10-year prison sentence with… More