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    • PEN International Executive Director meets imprisoned Kazakh journalist, Vladimir Kozlov 26 september 2014
      ‘Vladimir Kozlov, like all writers who are imprisoned solely for their peaceful exercise of the right to free expression, is one of us’ Last week I had the extraordinary opportunity to meet imprisoned journalist and PEN Main Case Vladimir Kozlov at the penal colony in Zerechnore, Kazakhstan, where he is currently serving a seven-and-half-year prison […]
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    • Bahrain: Academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace’s health deteriorates. 25 september 2014
      RAN 46/10 – Update #7  25 September 2014                                                           PEN International is seriously concerned for the health of prominent academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who requires […]
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    • Monthly Letter from John Ralston Saul, International President 25 september 2014
      August & September Monthly Letter from John Ralston Saul International President of PEN International September 22, 2014 Dear PEN members, dear friends, In a few days we will gather in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, at the invitation of Central Asian PEN, for the 80th PEN Congress. We will be coming together at a time of growing […]
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    • China: Life sentence for Uyghur PEN member Ilham Tohti is further stain on China’s abysmal freedom of expression record 23 september 2014
      London, 23 September 2014 The draconian sentence passed on Ilham Tohti, an academic and member of China’s Uyghur minority is a travesty of justice, PEN International said today, as it reiterated its call for his immediate and unconditional release. “We are appalled by the extremely harsh sentence given to Ilham Tohti.  Uyghur writers and scholars […]
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    • Tajikistan: Blogger and Academic Alexander Sodiqov allowed to leave but charge remains 19 september 2014
      TAJIKISTAN: BLOGGER AND ACADEMIC ALEXANDER SODIQOV ALLOWED TO LEAVE TAJIKISTAN; TREASON CHARGE REMAINS 19 September 2014 Update #2 to RAN 10/14 PEN International warmly welcomes the news that Alexander Sodiqov, the blogger and academic researcher who was arrested and charged with treason in June 2014, was allowed to leave Tajikistan and return to Canada on [
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    • Honduras: Three more journalists murdered in the space of a month 10 september 2014
      10 September 2014 PEN International is shocked by the recent murders of three more journalists in Honduras – Herlyn Iván Espinal Martínez, Nery Francisco Soto Torres and Dagoberto Díaz Suárez (killed 20 July, 14 August and 23 August respectively), which bring to six the death toll for journalists since President Juan Orlando Hernández took office […]
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    • While We Are Waiting 10 september 2014
      WHILE WE ARE WAITING “The sound of cannons / Remind of books I haven’t read / Of words I haven’t written, stuffed in my head / Of a lover who dumped me, or whom I dumped / I can’t remember”   Syrian poet Amira Abul Husn is one of those who have chosen to remain […]
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    • Turkey: UN Internet Forum should ensure host governments meet free expression standards 8 september 2014
        Turkey’s appalling internet freedom record came under intense scrutiny as the country hosted a UN-sponsored internet public policy conference 2-5 September. Despite the Turkish government’s expanded censorship of online content, the prosecution of social media users and the introduction of sweeping new laws, the country was selected to host the Internet Go
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    • Tajikistan: Treason Investigation into Blogger and Academic Alexander Sodiqov Extended 4 september 2014
      3 September 2014                                                                             Update #1 to RAN 10/14 PEN International is extremely concerned by the extension (by one year) of Tajikistan’s treason investigation into Alexander Sodiqov, the blogger and academic researcher who was arrested and charged in June 2014. After spending approximately fi
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    • PEN International condemns murder of journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley 3 september 2014
      London 3 September, 2014 – PEN International is shocked and deeply saddened by the murder of American journalist Steven Sotloff by the militant group Islamic State (IS). The group released a video on Tuesday showing the beheading of Sotloff 31, two weeks after the group murdered journalist James Foley. Sotloff, a freelance journalist, who wrote for […]
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