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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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 »

February 24, 2016

PEN is concerned at news that Turkish writer and columnist Perihan Mağden is facing trial for allegedly defaming the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan under Article 299 of the Penal Code which criminalizes ‘insulting the President of the Republic of Turkey’. ... more »

February 8, 2016

PEN is calling on the Israeli authorities to end the practice of administrative detention against journalists and other writers. ... more »

January 22, 2016

PEN believes that Georgeian poet and activist Irakli Kakabadze’s arrest and the legal proceedings against him are in connection to his peaceful exercise of his right to protest. ... more »


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