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Dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi disappears after visit to Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Available in Arabic.  8 October 2018 – PEN International is deeply concerned about the well-being and safety of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi writer who disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on 2 October 2018. Six days later no official information has been disclosed about the whereabouts of Khashoggi. There are unconfirmed reports that he […]

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literary events

PEN Canada and The Shoe Project Present: Our Shoes, Our Streets

Shoes are quite profound: intensely personal, they go farther than that, to speak of geography, weather, work, religion, and gender.

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Turkey: Charges against Ragıp Zarakolu must be dropped

The Turkish authorities should drop all charges against publisher and human rights activist Ragıp Zarakolu, PEN International said today.

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from the archives

Book Balls, Fox-Trots, and Boeuf Bordelaise: The Early History of PEN International

PEN emerged during a moment of postwar optimism regarding the potential of human fellowship to overcome the contingencies of geopolitical power.

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