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Here you can find current and past publications from the PEN International Writers in Prison Committee. Click on the headings below to access the resources.

Sochi Winter Olympics Campaign: Out in the Cold

The Winter Olympic Games will take place in Sochi, Russia on 7th – 23rd February, 2014. During the Games, PEN will be protesting the draconian restrictions placed on free expression in Russia since President Vladimir Putin returned to office in May 2012.


The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International produces a case list twice a year which details cases of writers detained or otherwise persecuted around the world. Others are available upon request.

PEN International Centres Handbook

PEN International Centres Handbook is a guideline for those seeking to set up new centres and for existing centres that are looking for support to develop different areas of their work such as campaigning, communication and fundraising.

Criminal Defamation Reports 2006-2007

The Writers in Prison Committee produced a series of reports on criminal defamation. Read “Defamation and ‘Insult': Writers React” and reports focussed on Europe, Mexico and Turkey.