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Nobel Peace Prize winner joins battle for free speech
Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian human rights activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, has filed suit against the U.S. Treasury Department in federal court in New… More
Uzbek journalist, human rights activist Ruslan Sharipov obtains asylum in the U.S.
PEN American Center and PEN USA West are delighted to announce that Uzbek journalist and human rights activist Ruslan Sharipov has obtained political asylum in the United States and… More
PEN protests the recent denial of entry visas to Cuban scholars
Dear Secretary Powell, We are writing on behalf of the 2,700 professional writers, editors, and translators who are members of PEN American Center to register our profound concern over… More
PEN presents signatures to Congress in support of amending Patriot Act
On behalf of more than 180,000 readers across the country who have signed petitions calling upon Congress to end government surveillance of their reading habits, organizations representing booksellers, librarians,… More
PEN, publishers file suit to overturn information restrictions
In a challenge to regulations governing the publication of informational materials from countries subject to U.S. trade embargoes, PEN American Center today joined the Association of American Publishers Professional… More
PEN and CPJ protest U.S. decision to revoke Cuban journalist’s visa
Dear Secretary Powell, We are writing to express our shock and extreme concern over reports that the U.S. State Department recently revoked Cuban independent journalist Bernardo Arévalo Padrón's refugee… More
International PEN Writers in Prison Committee Cuba Campaign
Thirty-two writers, journalists, and librarians were sentenced during one-day trials held in early April 2003 under laws governing the protection of the Cuban state. They were arrested as part… More
PEN to intensify Reader Privacy efforts after controversial House vote
PEN American Center vowed to continue the drive to restore reader privacy protections stripped in post-9/11 antiterrorism legislation after an effort to halt the funding that allows the government… More
PEN welcomes release of Vietnamese Internet dissident Lˆ Chi Quang
PEN American Center hailed the release this week of Lê Chi Quang, an Internet activist whose critical essays about the Vietnamese government earned him a 4-year prison term followed… More
Fifth biennial conference of Writers in Prison Committee
"Many of us have been asking, is this what we went to jail for? What has all our struggle come to? A mere clearing of the path for another… More