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MA‘In a world where independent voices are increasingly stifled, PEN is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.’
Margaret Atwood, PEN Vice President.

 

 

Orhan‘When another writer in another house is not free, no writer is free. This, indeed, is the spirit that informs the solidarity felt by PEN, by writers all over the world.’
Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize Laureate, Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture at the PEN World Voices Festival, 2006.

 

In time of division between countries, PEN International is one of the rare institutions to keep a bridge constantly open.’
Mario Vargas Llosa, Former PEN International President and Nobel Laureate.

 

 

‘My respect for this organization [PEN] has no borders and among the organizations that help writers, PEN has been so fierce, so consistent and ferocious in its efforts that is difficult to ignore their worldwide fame and their impact.’
Toni Morrison, 2008 PEN/Borders Literary Service Award.

 


10/07/2016 La Jornada Escritores y ONG llaman a dar recursos a la CIDH
09/06/2016 LA Times A $1-million shortfall is threatening help for human rights victims in the Americas
09/06/2016 El País Vargas Llosa, Elena Poniatowska o Margaret Atwood, con la CIDH
09/06/2016 La Jornada Escritores se suman a clamor por ayudar a la CIDH
09/06/2016 El Economista Piden reconsiderar apoyo financiero a CIDH
09/06/2016 Latin American Herald Tribune EN International, IFEX and 16 Renowned Writers Ask for Funds for IACHR
09/06/2016 Revista Emeequis Mario Vargas Llosa, Elena Poniatowska y organizaciones piden fondos urgentes para la CIDH
09/06/2016 El Universal Escritores, Pen Internacional e IFEX piden fondos urgentes para CIDH
09/06/2016 La Estrella de Panamá Periodistas y escritores piden ‘apoyo urgente’ para la CIDH
09/06/2016 Vanguardia Vargas Llosa, Poniatowska y PEN Internacional piden más fondos para CIDH
09/06/2016 Terra Grandes escritores, Pen Internacional e IFEX piden fondos urgentes para CIDH
09/06/2016 Aristegui Noticias “Cuestión de urgencia” el apoyo financiero adicional para la CIDH: PEN International (Carta)
09/06/2016 Proceso PEN Internacional y miembros de la IFEX urgen recursos para la CIDH
08/06/2016 The Bookseller Authors call for ‘urgent’ funding for human rights body
07/04/2016 The Wire International Outcry on ‘Impunity’ to Bangladeshi Bloggers’ Killers
07/04/2016 Independent German comedian Jan Böhmermann could face prison for ‘smear poem’ against Turkish President Erdogan
25/03/2016 News Max Journalists on Trial as Turkey Tightens Noose on Media
25/03/2016 Brown County Democrat Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
25/03/2016 Greenwich Time Nobel laureates: Turkey must end crackdown on free speech
25/03/2016 Times Union Nobel laureates: Turkey must end crackdown on free speech
25/03/2016 Houston Chronical Nobel laureates: Turkey must end crackdown on free speech
25/03/2016 The Standard Turkey tightens noose on media, Nobel laureates decry climate of fear
25/03/2016 Times Argus Turkey tightens noose on freedom of the press
25/03/2016 Jurist Turkish court begins closed espionage trial of two journalists
25/03/2016 The New York Times Turkey Abruptly Closes Espionage Trial of 2 Journalists to Public
25/03/2016 San Francisco Chronical Nobel laureates: Turkey must end crackdown on free speech
25/03/2016 BBC Turkey Dündar ve Gül davası: Erdoğan ve MİT müdahil, davaya gizlilik kararı
24/03/2016 The Ledger Independent Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 Fremont Tribune Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 Daily Sun Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 Missoulian Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 Beliot Daily News Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 The Post Star Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 The Public Opinion Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 Journel Sentinel Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 New Zealand Herald Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 T C Palm Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 Koam TV Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 Fox News Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 ABC News Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 Boston Herald Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 Winona Daily News Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 Business Insider Journalists on trial as Turkey tightens noose on media
24/03/2016 San Antonio Express News Nobel laureates: Turkey must end crackdown on free speech
24/03/2016 Scroll More than 100 writers send letter to Turkish Prime Minister about journalists on espionage trial
24/03/2016 The Washington Post Nobel laureates: Turkey must end crackdown on free speech
24/03/2016 The Guardian Turkey’s climate of fear and censorship
24/03/2016 The Guardian 100 writers call for release of Turkish journalists on eve of espionage trial
02/03/2016 The Guardian PEN condemns increased fatwa bounty on Salman Rushdie
27/02/2016 Daily News Egypt PEN calls for immediate release of Nagy and ‘all detained writers and journalists’
26/02/2016 Today’s Zaman Global press bodies call for release of 30 jailed journalists in Turkey
26/02/2016 Times of India Turkish journalists released from jail in Istanbul
17/02/2016 Pothom Alo PEN expresses concern over lawsuits against Mahfuz Anam
17/02/2016 Dhaka Tribune PEN concerned over Mahfuz Anam cases
17/02/2015 The Daily Star PEN Int’l concerned at lawsuits against Mahfuz Anam
15/01/2016 The Guardian Jung Chang presents PEN awards – while winners remain in prison or barred from travel
15/01/2016 The New York Times Turkish Academics Detained for Signing Declaration
15/01/2016 The Washington Post Turkish academics detained for signing declaration
15/01/2016 ABC News Turkish Academics Detained for Signing Declaration
15/01/2016 Business Insider 12 Turkish academics detained for signing declaration
15/01/2016 NBC Turkish academics detained for signing declaration
15/01/2016 The Daily Mail Turkish academics detained for signing declaration
14/01/2016 ArabLit Egyptian Writer Omar Hazek Prevented from Traveling to Receive Freedom of Expression Award
14/01/2016 The Bookseller Worldwide reading held for poet sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia
13/01/2016 Deutsche Welle Jailed Palestinian poet in Saudi Arabia gets global support from fellow writers
11/01/2016 The Bookseller Authors and publishers urge US to help missing booksellers
07/01/2016 The Guardian Charlie Hebdo anniversary: free-speech groups unite in defence of ‘right to offend’
07/01/2016 Poynter Today in France, front pages look back on Charlie Hebdo
07/01/2016 The Bookseller Bookshop chain pulls controversial titles linked to missing Hong Kong publishers

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