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Israel: Palestinian journalist released following hunger strike
PEN welcomes the release, on November 8, 2017, of prominent Palestinian journalist Muhammed al-Qiq. He had been detained by Israeli authorities for almost one year under administrative detention following… More
Saudi Arabia: Raif Badawi spends his 2000th day behind bars
PEN condemns the ongoing arbitrary detention of blogger Raif Badawi, currently serving a 10-year sentence in Saudi Arabia. PEN is also deeply concerned that the Saudi government will continue the lashing… More
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