Rapid Action

PEN's Rapid Actions are urgent bulletins about writers at risk of arrest, imprisonment, or attack. Each of the bulletins contains a brief summary of the case and information on who you can contact to stop or mitigate the abuse.

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September 14, 2016

PEN International continues to call for the release of Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji, who was sentenced in February 2016 to two years in prison for ‘violating public modesty’ in relation to the publication of excerpts from his 2014 novel, Istikhdam al-Hayat (The Use of Life), in Akhbar al-Adab magazine, also in 2014. ... more »

August 12, 2016

PEN is seriously concerned for the safety of Noé Zavaleta, Veracruz state correspondent for the national newsweekly Proceso, who has been subject to intimidation, threats and a smear campaign in the run-up to the launch of his book on the outgoing governor of Veracruz, El infierno de Javier Duarte. Crónica de un gobierno fatídico (Javier Duarte’s hell: Chronicles of a fateful government). ... more »

August 3, 2016

PEN is deeply concerned that the enhanced powers afforded by the three-month state of emergency declared after the failed coup in Turkey on July 15 are paving the way for further and increasing crackdowns on freedom of expression and human rights in the country. ... more »

May 27, 2016

PEN condemns the 16-year sentence handed down to Iranian journalist Narges Mohammadi by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran. ... more »

May 13, 2016

PEN calls on the Myanmar authorities to drop all charges against poet and PEN Myanmar member, Maung Saung Kha. ... more »

April 29, 2016

PEN welcomes the release of renowned Omani writer and intellectual Abdullah Habib on May 4, 2016. ... more »

April 12, 2016

PEN calls on the Iranian authorities to release journalist Narges Mohammadi immediately and unconditionally. ... more »

April 12, 2016

PEN is deeply concerned for the health of veteran journalist Gao Yu following reports that she was hospitalized after the Beijing Municipal Bureau of City Administration and Law Enforcement identified her garden for destruction on March 31, 2016. ... more »

March 31, 2016

PEN is concerned at news that 17 Angolan activists, known as the Luanda Book Club, were sentenced to between 2-8 years in prison and fined 50,000 kwanza (around 300 USD) on Monday, 28 March 2016, for ‘preparatory acts of rebellion’ and ‘criminal conspiracy’. ... more »

Saudi Arabia
March 18, 2016

On this World Poetry Day, take action for Saudi Arabian-born Palestinian poet, artist, curator, Ashraf Fayadh, originally sentenced to death, and now serving an eight-year prison term. ... more »


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