Promoting democracy while suppressing ideas

This spring, the U.S. State Department sent a message to the Association of American Publishers announcing new procedures for expediting business visas for U.S. companies' foreign employees, customers and… More

Free Speech Groups Sue Over Visa Denial

The government is increasingly using secret evidence allowed under new antiterrorism laws to prevent certain critics from entering the United States, according to a group of civil rights and… More

PEN delivers press freedom petition to Congress

PEN President Ron Chernow brought PEN’s concerns over surveillance and threats against the press to Washington last week, delivering PEN’s press freedom petition on Capitol Hill and opening a… More

Why I’m Banned in the USA

London—For more than two years now, the U.S. government has barred me from entering the United States to pursue an academic career. The reasons have changed over time, and… More

United States Closes Door Again on Tariq Ramadan

The U.S. government has again blocked prominent Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan from visiting the United States, this time after being ordered by a Federal District Judge to act on… More

PEN sounds alarm on threats against press in the U.S.

Troubled by recent attacks on newspapers and reporters for breaking stories on controversial antiterrorism programs, more than 1,100 PEN Members and supporters have signed a petition expressing concern over… More

Government Declines to Appeal Ruling

In a case considered a bellwether of United States policy toward foreign scholars, the government has decided not to appeal a court ruling ordering it to either issue a… More