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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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    • Egypt: PEN calls for end to crackdown on civil society in Egypt 1 september 2014
      UPDATE: On August 31, the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity announced that the deadline for nongovernmental organizations to register under the 2002 NGO law has been postponed until November 10, 2014. (London) – Independent organizations in Egypt face a looming crackdown, 45 international and national human rights groups from across the globe said today
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    • Antonio Skármeta Wins Chile’s National Literature Prize 27 augustus 2014
      Antonio Skármeta, PEN Chile Board member and keynote speaker for the Reykjavik PEN International Congress opening, has been awarded Chile’s National Literature Prize. Considered the highest literature award of Chile, it is given every two years by the Ministry of Education. Skármeta has forged a reputation as one of Chile’s leading writers together with Pabl
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    • PEN International Translators – Edwige-Renée DRO 20 augustus 2014
      ‘Literature knows no frontiers…‘ PEN International Charter 1926 The importance of the art of translation is at the heart of the PEN charter, which champions the unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations; beyond national and linguistic borders and beyond conventional literary expectations. Thank you to everyone who has volu
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    • Letter from Carles Torner, Acting Executive Director of PEN International, to the PEN membership 19 augustus 2014
      London, 15 August 2014 Dear members of PEN International, dear friends, I am writing to you from London, in my first letter as Acting Executive Director of PEN International. When the board of PEN International asked me whether I would be available to take on this role, after the departure of Laura McVeigh, images came […]
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