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PEN American Center

December 19, 14

Turkish sociologist, feminist, and writer Pınar Selek has been acquitted of all criminal charges for the fourth time in a series of trials lasting 16 years. Read More  »

December 18, 14

PEN American Center expresses its profound regret at Sony Pictures’ statement that The Interview will not be released on any platform as a result of threats made by unidentified sources. PEN urges Sony to reconsider their decision to withhold the...Read More  »

December 14, 14

PEN American Center condemns the arrests of Turkish journalists in police raids today that apparently targeted media and police officials accused of being aligned with political opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Read More  »

December 12, 14

Efforts to compel journalist James Risen to reveal a confidential source(s) could cement the Obama Administration’s legacy as one of the most hostile to press freedom in U.S. history, according to a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder sent by...Read More  »

December 10, 14

Dear Attorney General Holder, As members and supporters of PEN American Center, an organization representing over 3,500 writers, we write to you today to ask that the Justice Department immediately end its efforts to compel James Risen to identify...Read More  »

December 8, 14

The Senate Intelligence Committee report on the use of torture by the CIA in the years after 9/11, which has already drawn telling responses from congressional insiders, was finally made public this week after months of delay while redactions to...Read More  »

December 8, 14

Seven of Tohti’s students were sentenced to three-to-eight years in prison this morning on spurious charges of separatism, for which Tohti is also serving a life sentence. Students who agreed to testify against the professor received lighter...Read More  »

December 5, 14

Trumped up charges against Selek, a Turkish sociologist and feminist, of involvement in the 1998 Istanbul Spice Bazaar explosion were renewed today at the 15th High Criminal Court in Istanbul, despite three previous acquittals. Selek faces life in...Read More  »

December 4, 14

The visit comes at a crucial juncture for human rights, of which the right to freedom of expression is particularly vulnerable. Read More  »

December 4, 14

This is the seventh year that freedom of expression defenders are marking December 4 as the Day to Fight Censorship, as initiated by the Association of Iranian Writers. It is unfortunate that, each year that the Association has published a...Read More  »