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.
Iran: Writer and poet arrested upon return to Iran
PEN is deeply concerned about the well-being and safety of Dr. Sedigheh Vasmaghi, an Iranian author and poet who was arrested by the Iranian authorities upon her arrival to… More
Thailand: Prominent writer and activist Sulak Sivaraksa facing 15 years in prison for peaceful exercise of free expression
PEN is deeply concerned by reports that renowned writer and activist Sulak Sivaraksa is facing trial for violating Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code (lèse majesté) in a… More
Yemen: Prominent writer released after his death sentence is quashed
PEN welcomes news of the release of prominent Yemeni journalist and writer Mohammad Yahya al-Jubaihi, who was recently pardoned by the Supreme Political Council in Sana’a. According to the… More
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