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The Political is Personal

“Being a ventilator user with a neuromuscular disability compelled me to push back against the societal devaluation of disabled lives.” More

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A Practice of Momentum

“If I might make a gift of words in this moment, it is to remind myself that I will not be alone on the other side of this vote—we… More

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What to Expect 2020

As we near Election Day, PEN America is working to prepare you for what to expect this campaign season. Learn how to spot, check, and stop disinformation and defend… More

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Pavel Sheremet | Status: Murdered | Ukraine

Pavel Sheremet, a Belarusian-born Russian journalist who worked in Belarus and Ukraine, died in a car explosion in Kyiv on July 20, 2016. The Ukraine Prosecutor’s Office said the… More

Kirill Serebrennikov

Kirill Serebrennikov | Status: Convicted | Russia

Kirill Serebrennikov, a prominent Russian theater director, was put under house arrest on August 23 on charges of fraud. More

Ahmed Naji | Status: In Exile | Egypt

Ahmed Naji was temporarily released from prison in Egypt on December 22, 2016, after his two-year prison sentence for “violating public modesty” was suspended by an appeals court on… More

Oleg Sentsov

Oleg Sentsov | Status: Released | Russia

Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director, was sentenced to 20 years in a Russian prison on charges of terrorism on August 25, 2015. PEN believes that the charges stem… More