PEN's Rapid Actions are urgent bulletins about writers at risk of arrest, imprisonment, or attack. Each of the bulletins contains a brief summary of the case and information on who you can contact to stop or mitigate the abuse.
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On 7 June 2015, the Saudi Supreme Court confirmed the sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes imposed on editor Raif (or Raef) Badawi after conviction of “insulting Islam” and “founding a liberal website.” ... more »
Bengali writer, editor and blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was killed on 12 May 2015 by religious extremists in the city of Sylhet. ... more »
PEN International is seriously concerned for the health of prominent academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who has been on hunger strike since 21 March 2015 in protest at conditions in Jaw prison. ... more »
PEN is calling for Badawi’s current conviction to be overturned, for his sentence of flogging to be halted immediately, and for him not to be retried for apostasy ... more »
PEN calls for the immediate and unconditional release of students Patiwat Saraiyaem and Pornthip Munkong, as they are held for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression. ... more »
PEN calls for a response to the recent spike in harassment of Iranian poet, translator, literary critic, and journalist Sepideh Jodeyri, following the publication of her translation into Persian of the prize-winning graphic novel, Blue is the Warmest Color. ... more »
PEN calls for any charges against her solely relating to her right to freedom of expression to be dropped ... more »
Julio Ernesto Alvarado is fighting the reinstatement of a 16-month ban on practicing journalism ... more »
According to reports, Dang Xuan Dieu, has been held in solitary confinement, forced to sleep and eat next to his excrement, denied access to adequate food, clean drinking water, and regular showers, and subjected to humiliation and torture. ... more »
PEN hails the release of Dieu Cay by the world's most notorious jailer of bloggers, but protests his forced exile. ... more »