NEW YORK—In addition to signing on to an amicus brief filed yesterday on behalf of the National Press Club, its Journalism Institute, and a dozen other journalism nonprofits including PEN America supporting Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto and his son Oscar in the appeal of their asylum case, PEN America Director of Research and Policy Katy Glenn Bass issued the following statement: 

“Mexico is one of the most deadly countries in the world for journalists. PEN America is proud to join an amicus brief in support of award-winning journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto’s case for asylum in the U.S. Deporting him and his son to Mexico would be a near-certain death sentence because of his fearless reporting on corruption in the country. The U.S. should be a safe haven for journalists like him. We also call on ICE to release him and his son from detention immediately.”


PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.


Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Coordinator: