Syria: Thirteen Scenes From Hell

Not a day goes by without me hearing the same old refrain from my women friends: “Shouldn’t the opposition council represent the revolution? Where are the women? Don’t we… More

Remember Tal

Two years ago today, Tal al-Mallouhi, a student, poet, and blogger who was detained in Damascus in late December 2009, was sentenced to five years in prison for “divulging… More

Playwright Arrested; Fears for Safety

PEN International fears for the safety of Syrian playwright and actor Zaki Cordillo, who has been held since August 13, 2012, in Damascus and is considered to be at… More

Tal Al-Mallouhi | Status: Disappeared | Syria

Tal Al-Mallouhi is a student, blogger, and poet from Homs, Syria, serving a five-year sentence for "divulging information to a foreign state." No evidence was disclosed to justify… More

Michel Kilo | Status: Deceased | Syria

Prominent writer and journalist Michel Kilo contributes to the leading Lebanese daily Al-Nahar and the London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi. Initially, Kilo was arrested on May 14, 2006 when he… More

Aref Dalila | Status: Released | Syria

Dr. Aref Dalila, born in 1942, is a writer and former economics professor and Dean of the Faculty of Economics at Damascus University. He was an advocate of political… More

Breaking Through Cybercensorship

A passionate panel of cyberactivists convened at the Cooper Union as part of the ThinkSwiss festival to discuss new tools and approaches to combating online censorship. Sponsored by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and… More

A “Campaign of Genocide” in Syria

This morning, Christopher Merrill of the International Writing Program in Iowa sent PEN a translation of a letter by Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa imploring the world to help end… More