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Defending Writers

PEN's bedrock work is long-term advocacy on behalf of individual writers who are being persecuted because of their work. This page features several of our highest priority cases. With the help of our members and supporters, we are carrying out campaigns to win their release and ensure they are safe and can write and publish freely.

Take a moment to share information about these writers and take action on their behalf.

This is only a small sampling of writers under threat around the world. Click here for the most recent PEN International case list.

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Egypt
Status: On Trial

An Egyptian poet, Fatima Naoot has published 19 books to date, including... more »

Egypt
Status: Detained

Shawkan is a journalist and photographer who often depicts daily cultural... more »

Egypt
Status: In Prison

Alaa Abd El Fattah is an Egyptian activist, software developer, and blogger... more »

Russia
Status: Under Threat

Nikolai Alexyev was the first person charged and fined in Russia under the... more »

Russia
Status: Murdered

On July 15, 2009, Natalia Estemirova, a journalist and human rights... more »

Ukraine
Status: In Prison

Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director, was sentenced to 20 years in a... more »

Myanmar
Status: In Prison

Htin Lin Oo, a former information officer for the National League for... more »

Eritrea
Status: In Prison

Dawit has been held in prison for more than a decade without being charged... more »

Myanmar
Status: In Prison

Four journalists Lu Maw Naing, Yarzar Oo, Paing Thet Kyaw, and Sithu Soe... more »

Iran
Status: In Prison

Shiva Nazar Ahari is an Iranian journalist, blogger, and human rights... more »

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