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May 22, 15

May 22 marks one year since the military coup led by now-Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power from Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra. Since the coup, rights to free expression and speech have been widely and scathingly...Read More  »

May 22, 15

More than 150 writers from around the world, including Margaret Atwood, Amitav Ghosh, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Yann Martel, Salman Rushdie and Colm Tóibín have condemned the murders of Ananta Bijoy Das (or Dash), Washiqur Rahman Babu and Avijit Roy,...Read More  »

May 20, 15

Report: Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese CensorshipRead More  »

May 18, 15

PEN American Center condemns the extension of Azeri investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s imprisonment. Read More  »

May 18, 15

PEN expresses serious concern over reports that prison authorities in Xinjiang have refused to allow the jailed Uyghur writer and scholar Ilham Tohti to receive visits or support from his family members. Read More  »

May 14, 15

The murder today of Bangladeshi writer, editor and blogger Ananta Bijoy Das is deeply shocking, PEN International said today. Read More  »

May 13, 15

The House of Representatives' passage of the USA Freedom Act is a first step towards broad reform of U.S. mass surveillance programs, but must be further strengthened, PEN American Center said today. Read More  »

May 5, 15

New counter-terrorism legislation passed by the lower house of the French Parliament today would dramatically expand the government’s surveillance powers and directly conflicts with France’s international legal commitments to freedom of expression...Read More  »

May 5, 15

The murder of two more journalists in Honduras within 24 hours highlights the government’s failure to stem the ongoing wave of violence against the Honduran media, days before the country’s human rights record is due to be reviewed at the United...Read More  »

May 1, 15

On World Press Freedom Day, 116 days after the attack at the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 11 dead and 12 wounded, we the undersigned reaffirm our commitment to defending the right to freedom of expression. Read More  »