Maria Saba is the 2020 PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholar. An Iran-born writer, storyteller and arts educator, Saba has published three books and over a hundred articles, interviews, and stories.
The Liu Xiaobo Anniversary Campaign will act as a commemoration of Liu Xiaobo’s life, his contribution to Chinese literature, and his selfless work promoting basic freedoms in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), while also highlighting the case of writers Gui Minhai, Chimengül Awut, Kunchok Tsephel, Yang Hengjun and Qin Yongmin who are currently detained by the PRC government.
Largely without public debate – and absent any new safeguards – we’ve become even more dependent on a technological ecosystem that is notoriously insecure, poorly regulated, highly invasive and prone to serial abuse.
There is a widespread belief that social media companies do not care about these problems and have resisted every attempt by government to regulate them. But that is not always the case
PEN is delighted to learn of the temporary release of prominent Iranian writer, lawyer and human rights activist, Nasrin Sotoudeh, on November 7, 2020.
Sedigeh Vasmaghi is a theologian, poet, writer, and women’s rights activist who has written on a broad sweep of theological, political and social issues. She is highly regarded in Iran …
Paola Ugaz is a Peruvian investigative journalist, editor and writer. She is facing a campaign of legal harassment, threats, and defamation lawsuits due to her investigations into acts of corruption, as well as physical, psychological and sexual abuse within the Peruvian religious organization Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana, which she has been investigating since 2010.
Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is a Ugandan novelist and journalist. He is the author of The Greedy Barbarians, a novel which explores themes of high-level corruption in a fictional country.
Osman Kavala is a publisher, civil and cultural rights activist and philanthropist working toward peace, human rights, and democracy in Turkey.
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi continues to chill freedom of expression in the Middle East By Abdulrahman Matar Two years have passed since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside …