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PEN America’s innovative research and analysis explores the impact of government policy, public sentiment, and media consumption trends on free expression in countries around the globe. The resulting reports inform policy recommendations and public toolkits to help our members and supporters advocate for sustainable change.

Freedom to Write Index 2023

The 2023 Freedom to Write Index records the highest number of jailed writers around the globe since the Index launched five years ago. More

Banned in the USA: Narrating the Crisis

This report utilizes snapshots to illustrate the hateful rhetoric driving book bans and personal damage that this movement has done to students and communities alike. More

Taming Culture in Georgia

This report examines the Georgian Ministry of Culture’s significant infringements on cultural rights and free expression with examples from various sectors, including literature, art, film, theater and cultural research. More

Reading Between the Bars

In this report, we seek to shine a light on the staggering realities of prison censorship and challenge its normalization, both legally and culturally. More