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Turkmen Writer Defeats Travel Ban, Arrives in United States to Receive PEN Prize
Capping a week of high diplomatic drama, prominent Turkmen novelist and dissident Rakhim Esenov boarded a plane last night in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to travel to the United States, where… More
Turkmen Authorities Threatening to Prevent Writer from Accepting PEN Prize
PEN American Center is protesting an attempt by the government of Turkeminstan to prevent prominent novelist and dissident Rakhim Esenov from traveling to New York to receive a 2006… More
PEN expresses alarm over detention of Gambian independent paper editor & manager
Your Excellency, On behalf of the 3,100 members of PEN American Center, an international organization of writers dedicated to protecting freedom of expression wherever it is threatened, we are… More
Andrej Dynko released on expiry of sentence; prison diary published
Writer and journalist Andrej Dynko, arrested with hundreds of other protestors in the days surrounding the March 19th presidential elections, was freed today after serving a 10-day sentence. He… More
PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award Winners
PEN American Center today named Mohammed Benchicou, a newspaper publisher already in prison and facing 50 additional sentences for his newspaper’s independent reporting, and Rakhim Esenov, a novelist, historian,… More
Egyptian Publisher to Receive Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award
Egyptian publisher Mohamed Hashem, whose commitment to publishing works of critical thinking has brought him into conflict with civil and religious authorities, has been named by the Association of… More
International PEN Writers in Prison Committee meets in Istanbul
Over 50 writers, editors, and publishers from 23 countries gathered in Istanbul this week for the 6th Writers in Prison Committee conference of International PEN, the worldwide association of… More