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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.

Status: In Prison

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

Status: In Prison

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

Status: In Prison

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

Status: Murdered

Anna Politkovskaya was an accomplished journalist, writer, and human rights... more »

Status: Murdered

Sandeep Kothari was a journalist that worked for a local Jabalar-based... more »

Status: Murdered

Ruben Espinosa - along with four women, one of whom was a human rights... more »

Status: In Prison

Accused of leaking state secrets, Chinese investigative journalist Gao Yu... more »

Status: Convicted

Khadija Ismayilova is an award-winning freelance reporter who has worked... more »

Saudi Arabia
Status: In Prison

Raif Badawi is a blogger from Saudi Arabia and the editor of the website... more »

Status: In Prison

Ilham Tohti, 44, is an ethnically Uyghur economist, writer, and public... more »