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December 19, 14

This week’s announcement that independent media will be invited to participate in a “press corps” that would be allowed access to the presidency and the right to cover public events involving the president and cabinet is a small step in opening...Read More  »

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 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 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  »

December 2, 14

PEN American Center is alarmed by a spike in arrests of writers, journalists, and intellectuals in China in recent weeks. According to reports, four prominent intellectuals were arrested on November 26 alone and are being held without charge. Read More  »

December 2, 14

PEN American Center joins English PEN and PEN International in expressing concern for British journalist David Bergman, who has been found guilty of contempt in a court in Bangladesh. Read More  »

November 21, 14

Last week a joint PEN America and PEN Myanmar delegation visited Washington for a series of high-profile meetings with officials from the White House, the State Department and Congress. We were informed during one of those meetings that free...Read More  »

November 21, 14

The ACLU of Missouri used PEN's report on press freedom in Ferguson in its motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent police from interfering with media documenting the protests. Read More  »

November 19, 14

Last night, the Senate failed to advance the USA Freedom Act, which would have implemented a number of reforms to U.S. mass surveillance programs. Read More  »

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