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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.
Egypt: Ongoing arbitrary detention and serious health concerns of prominent writer
PEN is deeply concerned about the well-being of Hesham Gaafar, a prominent Egyptian writer and the head of Mada Foundation for Media Development (MADA). Gaafar has been arbitrary detained since October 21,… More
Equatorial Guinea: Release detained cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé
PEN is extremely concerned over the detention of cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé, alias Jamon y Queso, who was arrested on September 16 in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea.… More
Uzbekistan: Immediately and unconditionally release independent journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev
PEN is extremely concerned about the well-being of Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, who was detained by the National Security Services in Tashkent on September 27, 2017. Abdullaev is detained… More
Ukraine: Halt extradition of dissident journalist to Uzbekistan
PEN is concerned about the arrest at Kiev airport and subsequent detention of journalist Narzullo Akhunjonov on September 20, on the basis of an Interpol Red Notice requested against… More
Turkey: Lift travel restrictions imposed on writer Aslı Erdoğan
PEN is concerned about the travel restrictions placed by the Turkish authorities on award-winning author and PEN honorary member Aslı Erdoğan. She is due to travel to Osnabrück, Germany,… More