PEN America is at the forefront of the fight to defend free expression, artistic freedom, and the free press in the United States and beyond. We research and report the challenges, host educational and advocacy events, draft op-eds, pressure governments and other powerful forces, and provide support to individual writers and artists at risk.
But for free expression to flourish, writers and readers everywhere must rise to the challenge of defending it, for all people. Please, join us by taking action below.
Statement in Response to Report the FBI is Urging Universities to Monitor Chinese Students and Scholars
China’s government is notorious for its surveillance. Efforts by the U.S. to fend off autocracy must not mimic the very tactics it professes to reject. More
Sri Lanka: Release award-winning writer Shakthika Sathkumara
Award-winning writer Shakthika Sathkumara, arrested and in ongoing detention, is charged with inciting religious hatred and violating international human rights law by Sri Lanka. More
Joint letter requesting immediate release of blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir in Mauritania
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Islamic Republic of Mauritania Ministère du Secrétariat Général à la Présidence Nouakchott, Mauritania Your Excellency : We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, urge you to ensure the immediate release of Mohamed… More
Uganda: Stella Nyanzi’s next hearing set for June 26
PEN continues to call for all charges to be dropped against academic Dr. Stella Nyanzi, whose next court hearing – where she is expected to begin her defense –… More
Iran: Serious concern for health of imprisoned journalist Narges Mohammadi
Prominent journalist and human rights defender Narges Mohammadi is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for her human rights activities in Evin prison, where she has developed a serious… More
SIGN NOW: Demand Charges be Dropped Against Three Saudi Writer-Activists
Sign the petition to call on the Saudi Arabian government to drop all charges against these courageous writer-activists and 2019 Freedom to Write awardees. More
Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov Marks Five Years in Russian Prison
On this fifth anniversary of Oleg Sentsov's unjust detention, PEN America continues to call for his immediate and unconditional release. More