Research & Resources
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.
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Silenced Voices, Threatened Lives: The Impact of Nigeria’s Anti-LGBTI Law on Freedom of Expression
Silenced Voices, Threatened Lives uses individual testimonies by LGBTI Nigerians to demonstrate how the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act of 2014 has distorted Nigeria’s cultural and political landscape. More
Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship
This report illustrates an under-explored dimension of China's massive censorship machine: the censorship of some of the thousands of international titles published annually in China. More
Threatened Harbor: Encroachments on Press Freedom in Hong Kong
This report brings together news reports, first-person commentary, and legal precedent to expose the shrinking environment for free expression in Hong Kong. More
Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers
Based on a survey of nearly 800 writers worldwide, concern about surveillance is now nearly as high among writers living in democracies (75 percent) as among those living in… More
Chilling Effects: NSA Surveillance Drives U.S. Writers to Self-Censor
The results of PEN America and the FDR group's survey demonstrate that writers are not only overwhelmingly worried about government surveillance, but are engaging in self-censorship as a result. More
The PEN Report: Creativity and Constraint in Today’s China
This report compiles the ongoing threats to individual writers and journalists and our assessment of the climate for freedom of expression in China. More