Helps free writers who are persecuted and, in many countries, imprisoned and tortured simply for expressing themselves.
Fights censorship and defends the right to freedom of expression. PEN has intervened in a number of landmark legal cases in the name of journalistic integrity and artistic freedom.
Educates Canadian students, through visits to schools made by writers in exile, about the importance of freedom of expression.
Researches and documents contemporary international violations of freedom of expression.
Programs Freedom to Read Week (in partnership with the Toronto Public Library), an event that emphasizes the central role that free speech plays in any open and democratic society.
Supports refugee writers seeking amnesty from persecution in Canada by providing various opportunities, such as placement in residency programs at universities and other institutions.
Promotes literature through a series of annual literary events designed to stimulate dialogue, entertain, and celebrate writers and writing.