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PEN International celebrates literature and promotes freedom of expression. Founded in 1921, our global community of writers now spans more than 100 countries. Our campaigns, events, publications and programmes aim to connect writers and readers wherever they are in the world. PEN International is a non-political organisation and holds special consultative status at the United Nations.

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



‘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.

24/01/2015 Helsinki Times Press looks at future after “Charlie”
19/01/2015 Wales Online Charlie Hebdo attacks are a timely reminder of why we need the new Wales PEN Cymru
16/01/2015 Informed Comment ‘State of War’ & Surveillance won’t help Press Freedom after ‘Charlie’
15/01/2015 Global Issues Press Looks at Future After “Charlie”
15/01/2015 Inter Press Service Press Looks at Future After “Charlie”
08/01/2015 The National Liberty or Death?
14/01/2015 Iran Human Rights Leading Writers Association PEN International Condemns Sotoudeh’s Sentence and Calls for Action
14/01/2015 WAN IFRA Journalism After Charlie Hebdo
14/01/2015 Books Live PEN International Criticises Certain Heads of State for Double Standards on Charlie Hebdo
11/01/2015 Voxxi News editors hesitate to publish Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons
09/01/2015 Books Live PEN condemns savage attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
07/01/2015 CNW PEN appalled by savage attack on Charlie Hebdo
08/01/2015 World News Report PEN appalled by savage attack on Charlie Hebdo
08/01/2015 Literary Festivals PEN condemns savage attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
08/01/2015 Global Post To publish or not to publish Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons?
08/01/2015 Cambodia Times Free speech advocates condemn attack on Charlie Hebdo
07/01/2015 PRNewswire PEN appalled by savage attack on Charlie Hebdo
11/01/2015 The Media Line Turkey’s Anti-Democratic Crackdown on Media Intensifies
05/01/2015 Zaman NY Times: Erdoğan’ın karikatüre tahammülü yok
04/01/2015 Publico Presidente da Turquia não gosta de se ver desenhado em cartoons
03/01/2015 The New York Times Turkey’s President Traces a New Internal Threat: The Way He’s Drawn

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