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  • Conviction Won’t Silence Khadija Ismayilova

    The conviction of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova today is the latest in an effort to paint a thin veneer of legal legitimacy on a determined campaign by the Azerbaijan government to...

  • 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think

    BY Raif Badawi
    "When I look within, I only see that thin man who miraculously withstood fifty lashes, while a group of people celebrated his pain, repeatedly chanting Allahu Akbar. All for the articles you’re...

  • Ann Tenna

    BY Marisa Acocella Marchetto
    We feature an excerpt by Marissa Acocella Marchetto, a cartoonist for The New Yorker, from her upcoming graphic novel Ann Tenna, set in the bizarre world of New York-based gossip media.

  • 500+ writers to Mexican president: “End impunity in journalists’ murders”

    Homero Arijdis, Chimamanda Adichie, Sandra Cisneros, and Neil Gaiman are among signatories to an open letter to President Peña Nieto with a clear message: end impunity in the murder of...

  • Journalism, A Most Deadly Profession

    The cases of Ruben Espinosa, Gao Yu, and Sandeep Kothari demonstrate the worrying power of governments to crush freedom of expression. Methods of silencing journalists have moved beyond rigged...

PEN America Blog »

September 3, 2015
Kiran Desai, whose birthday is today, reads from The Inheritance of Loss at Town Hall Readings: Writing Home, part of the 2007 PEN World Voices Festival. The Inheritance of Loss was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2006.

Advocacy News »

September 1, 2015
The conviction and sentencing of Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed this week punctuate a rapid decline for free expression in Egypt since the military government reclaimed power in 2013.


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