Peter Showler writes to José Rubén Zamora Marroquín on PEN International’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer.
Dear Server, I have read about your violent arrest, your trial in a military court on trumped-up charges, and the court’s sentencing you to fourteen years in one of the …
On the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, PEN Canada board member El Jones writes to Tstitsti Dangarembga.
Siri Hustvedt writes to Narges Mohammadi.
José Rubén Zamora Marroquín is a renowned Guatemalan journalist and founder of three of the most-read newspapers in Guatemala and Central America: Siglo Veintiuno, Nuestro Diario, and elPeriódico.
Server Mustafayev is a Crimean Tatar citizen journalist and human rights defender, founder and coordinator of the grassroots, human rights movement Crimean Solidarity in Russian-occupied Crimea.
Tsitsi Dangarembga is an award-winning Zimbabwean novelist, filmmaker, playwright, activist, and founding member of PEN Zimbabwe.
On September 16, 2022, a young woman from the Kurdish town of Saqez in northwest Iran travelled to Tehran. Shortly after her arrival, she was arrested for wearing an “improper hijab” and later died while in the custody of the “Morality Police.” Her tragic and unjust death sparked a series of protests and her name Zhina (Mahsa) soon became a national symbol of resistance to an oppressive, theocratic and misogynist government.
Together We Stand for Freedom of Expression This past August, the brutal attack on Sir Salman Rushdie was a chilling reminder that freedom of expression can never be taken for …
Narges Mohammadi is an Iranian writer, journalist, human rights defender, and Honorary Member of the Danish, Belgian, Norwegian, and Swedish PEN centres. She is the former Vice-President and spokesperson of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), co-winner of the 2013 Oxfam Novib / PEN Award, and winner of the 2011 Per Anger Prize and the 2009 Alexander Langer Award.