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    • Turkey: Ahmet Şık Awarded UNESCO Press Freedom Prize 15 april 2014
      London, April 15 2014 – PEN International is delighted at the news that writer, investigative journalist and PEN International main case Ahmet Şık has been awarded UNESCO’s 2014 Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Named after the intrepid Colombian journalist Guillermo Cano Isaza, who was murdered in front of his El Espectador offices in December […]
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    • In conversation with novelist Amin Maalouf 14 april 2014
      (Interview conducted during the Writers Unlimited Winternachten festival, January 2014) You grew up speaking Arabic at home but chose to write (fiction, at least) in French – who, if any, were your role models in writing early on? I’m not sure I had role models, but I was always interested in Arabic poetry. My father was a […]
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    • Turkey: Writer and PEN Member released 14 april 2014
      Turkey: Writer and human rights lawyer Muharrem Erbey released after more than four years in pre-trial detention The release pending trial of writer, human rights lawyer and PEN Turkey member Muharrem Erbey after four and a half years in pre-trial detention was long overdue, PEN International said today. Erbey was released along with 47 others, […]
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    • Digital Freedom Cases 9 april 2014
              Update #1 to RAN 03/14, 27 February 2014 - China: Uyghur PEN member, writer and academic Ilham Tohti formally charged with ‘splittism’ RAN 03/14, 31 January 2014 - China: Uyghur PEN member, writer and academic Ilham Tohti detained; fears for safety RAN 01/14, 13 January 2014 - Iran: Two poets detained; fears for safety […]
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    • Third Anniversary of Arrest: Calls for the Release of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja 9 april 2014
      9 April 2014 International and Local Civil Society Groups Call for Immediate and Unconditional Release of Bahraini Human Rights Defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja on the Third Anniversary of His Arrest The undersigned civil society organizations express their serious concern for the health and well-being of imprisoned Bahraini human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-K […]
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    • Vietnam: PEN mourns the death of writer and activist Dinh Dang Dinh 4 april 2014
      PEN International mourns the death of blogger Dinh Dang Dinh from cancer on 3 April 2014. Dinh Dang Dinh was granted an amnesty from a six year prison sentence on 21 March 2014, and was released home to die. PEN International sends its sincere condolences to his family. On 9 August 2012, Dinh Dang Dinh, […]
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    • PEN Reports 4 april 2014
      The Gezi Park Protests: the impact on freedom of expression in Turkey March 14 2014 - In The Gezi Park Protests: the impact on freedom of expression in Turkey, PEN assesses the violations of the right to freedom of expression and to freedom of assembly during last year’s protests, detailing numerous examples of intimidation, judicial harassment […]
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    • China/Tibet: Writer and editor released. 2 april 2014
      Update #2 to RAN 33/09  2 April 2014 PEN International welcomes the 29 March 2014 release of Tibetan writer and editor Tashi Rabten (pen-name Te’urang) who had been serving a four-year prison sentence in connection with his critical writings. Tashi Rabten, co-editor of the banned Tibetan-language literary magazine Shar Dungri (Eastern Snow Mountain) was sent […]
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    • Turkey: Translator Deniz Zarakolu Released 1 april 2014
      Turkey: Translator Deniz Zarakolu among 45 Released in Istanbul KCK Trials RAN 23/13 Update #4 01 April 2014 PEN International is delighted at the news of the release pending trial of writer and translator Deniz Zarakolu after two-and-a-half years in pre-trial detention. Deniz Zarakolu, the son of renowned Turkish publisher and human rights activist Ragıp [… […]
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    • World Writers call on Turkey to respect and protect Freedom of Expression 31 maart 2014
              We, the signatories named below, are writers from around the world who love, live and breathe words. We are united in our belief that freedom of expression is a universal and fundamental human right. We hereby express our grave concern with regard to “the freedom of words” in Turkey today. As […]
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