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April 14, 14

Upon his release, Muharrem Erbey thanked all PEN members who sent letters and postcards. "Those messages were tremendously important to me; they were what kept me going." Read More  »

April 11, 14

Over 62 days, PEN analyzed the use of metaphors in surveillance news coverage. We found that there is rich thematic diversity in the types of metaphors that are used, but there is also a failure of imagination in using literature to describe...Read More  »

April 10, 14

There is a lot of tension around here. In the past few days, I have been under constant surveillance by police vehicles and national security police officers. I have been under heavy supervision.Read More  »

April 9, 14

On April 9, 2014, PEN joined 30 organizations in calling for the release of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who was sentenced to life in prison three years ago by a military court as part of a group of human rights activists and political leaders known as...Read More  »

April 9, 14

Han and Uyghur netizens have been talking past each other, with no opportunities to exchange views one-on-one and listen meaningfully to each other. Read More  »

April 8, 14

How are journalists using language to write about surveillance? PEN's 62 day study of over 60 news outlets demonstrates that journalists use a rich variety of metaphors to discuss surveillance, but that Orwell remains king of the conversation. Read More  »

April 7, 14

PEN mourns the death from cancer of blogger Dinh Dang Dinh on April 3, 2014. Read More  »

April 4, 14

Each week leading up to the PEN Literary Gala and the conference of the 2014 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award on May 5, PEN will feature the story of a previous winner who has made significant contributions and endured personal...Read More  »

April 2, 14

PEN welcomes the March 29, 2014 release of Tibetan writer and editor Tashi Rabten (pen-name Te’urang) who had been serving a four-year prison sentence in connection with his critical writings. Read More  »

April 1, 14

Acclaimed writers Sergio De La Pava, Jennifer Egan, Chang-Rae Lee, and Victoria Redel will join PEN American Center on the plaza of Brooklyn Public Library on April 10 to protest Beijing’s efforts to silence Ai Weiwei and other Chinese writers and...Read More  »