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Turkish Writer Acquitted of Terrorism Charges

“The charges against Aslı Erdoğan are baseless, and the threat of a lengthy sentence after such a drawn-out, unfair trial on such flimsy grounds is devastating." More

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China Detains Coronavirus Reporter

“Given China’s widespread censorship of stories about the coronavirus, PEN America is gravely concerned over the possibility that Chen has been arbitrarily detained and that authorities are using ‘quarantine’… More

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Prominent Russian Journalist Attacked in Chechnya

“Time and again, Chechnya’s leaders and their enablers in Moscow have warned that journalists and human rights advocates exposing abuses in Chechnya would be subject to violence. And time… More

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PEN America Launches Free Speech 2020

(New York, NY) – Today PEN America launches Free Speech 2020, a yearlong initiative to mobilize writers and readers to elevate free speech issues and defend free expression throughout… More