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PEN American Center

March 26, 15

The UN Human Rights Council’s decision to establish a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy is a welcome move towards greater protection of human rights in an era of dragnet government surveillance. Read More  »

March 20, 15

On 21 March 2015, while people across the globe celebrate World Poetry Day, PEN will be directing public attention to the imprisonment, murder, and general harassment of poets, writers, and journalists around the world. Read More  »

March 17, 15

Delegates from PEN Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, the U.S. and Wales developed proposals for action which represent the beginnings of a new strategy for PEN International in the Americas. Read More  »

March 12, 15

Last month, a delegation from PEN Centers around the world, including PEN American Center, visited Mexico City to put the global spotlight on the growing threat to journalists in the country, which Reporters Without Borders called "the most...Read More  »

March 9, 15

Mexico City – PEN Mexico has awarded its 2015 PEN Awards to Elena Poniatowska, Darío Ramírez, Federico Mastrogiovanni, Pablo Ferri, and an anonymous Aristegui News reporter, in recognition of excellence in journalism, literature and work in human...Read More  »

February 27, 15

The killing of Nemtsov sends a blood-chilling message to the Russian people about the costs and dangers of political dissent, compounding a climate of fear and repression created by the murder of numerous journalists and a series of draconian laws...Read More  »

February 27, 15

The ghastly murder of blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka reveals just how dangerous it has become for writers to express themselves freely in Bangladesh. An essay by Salil Tripathi. Read More  »

February 27, 15

PEN is alarmed at the ongoing pattern of violence against writers and journalists in Bangladesh, who appear to be targeted with impunity solely for the peaceful expression of their views. Read More  »

February 25, 15

PEN calls on Egypt’s military authorities to release prominent blogger and political activist Alaa Abd El Fattah immediately and unconditionally. Read More  »

February 17, 15

The Malaysian government shows no sign of scaling back its sedition dragnet with the arrest of human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen over a tweet he posted on January 9, 2015. Read More  »