PEN International promotes literature and freedom of expression and is governed by the PEN Charter and the principles it embodies—unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations.
PEN recognises the promise of digital media as a means of fulfilling the fundamental right of free expression. At the same time, poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists, writers, bloggers, and journalists are suffering violations of their right to freedom of expression for using digital media.
Citizens in many countries have faced severe restrictions in their access to and use of digital media, while governments have exploited digital technologies to suppress freedom of expression and to surveil individuals. The private sector and in particular technology companies have at times facilitated government censorship and surveillance.
In 2012 at the PEN International Congress in Gyeongju, Korea, PEN members approved the Declaration on Digital Freedom. Click here to read the Declaration (translated into over 40 languages by PEN members).
Click here to read recent news stories relating to the Declaration on Digital Freedom.
Resources for writers requiring greater digital security
PEN has compiled resources for writers, journalists and human rights defenders who want to improve their online security against cyber-attacks or bypass censorship controls. Click here to read more.