Writers at Risk Database
PEN America champions the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. The bedrock work of the global PEN network is advocacy and assistance on behalf of individuals persecuted for their use of the written word or other forms of expression. PEN America's Writers at Risk Database is a searchable catalog of the writers, journalists, artists, academics, and public intellectuals under threat around the world. The database includes historical cases PEN America has worked on from 1987 onwards; non-active cases are color-coded black. PEN America is grateful for the John Templeton Foundation for their support of the Writers at Risk Database and to PEN International for their collaboration in assembling this database.
Included in Freedom to Write Index
AfghanistanAlgeriaAngolaArgentinaArmeniaartistic freedomAustraliaAustralia/Papua New GuineaAzerbaijanBahrainBangladeshBelarusBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBrazilBulgariaBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCanada/USACentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChina/Hong KongChina/Inner Mongolia Autonomous RegionChina/MacauChina/TibetChina/Tibet Autonomous RegionChina/Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous RegionColombiaCôte d’IvoirecroatiaCubaD.R. CongoDenmarkDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEthiopiaFijiFranceGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGuatemalaGuineaHaitiHondurasHong KongHungaryIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIsraelItalyIvory CoastKazakhstanKenyaKosovoKuwaitKyrgyzstanLebanonLiberiaLibyaLithuaniaMalawiMalaysiaMaliMaltaMauritaniaMexicoMontenegroMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarMyanmar (Burma)NamibiaNepalNicaraguaNigerNigerianorthern irelandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinian TerritoriesPanamaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPolandPortugalQatarRussiaRussia/North OssetiaRwandaSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSingaporeSlovakiaSomaliaSomalia/SomalilandSouth Africasouth sudanSpainSri LankaSudanswitzerlandSyriaTajikistanTanzaniaThailandThe threats these artists have been receiving are deplorable attempts to silence and intimidate artiststibetTibet Autonomous RegionTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUzbekistanVenezuelaVietnamYemenZambiaZimbabwe
PEN America is deeply grateful to the John Templeton Foundation for its generous support of the Freedom to Write Index and Writers at Risk Database.
PEN America thanks the PEN International Secretariat and the Writers in Prison Committee for their extensive contributions to and collaboration on compiling the cases included in this database.