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Rapid Action

Rapid Action

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.

Information saves lives. Take a moment to share these bulletins or write a letter on behalf of a colleague in need.

March 2, 2015

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 »

February 24, 2015

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 »

February 20, 2015

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 »

November 14, 2014

PEN calls for any charges against her solely relating to her right to freedom of expression to be dropped ... more »

October 28, 2014

Julio Ernesto Alvarado is fighting the reinstatement of a 16-month ban on practicing journalism ... more »

October 27, 2014

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 »

October 24, 2014

PEN hails the release of Dieu Cay by the world's most notorious jailer of bloggers, but protests his forced exile. ... more »

Saudi Arabia
October 21, 2014

Brutal sentence violates the prohibition against torture under international law. ... more »

October 20, 2014

Fighting the crackdown on journalists in the country, Julio Ernesto Alvarado and PEN Honduras members appealed to the Constitutional Section of the Supreme Court. ... more »

October 9, 2014

Arzu Geybullayeva, threatened and accused of treason for working for Istanbul-based Armenian newspaper ... more »