PEN America is at the forefront of the fight to defend free expression, artistic freedom, and the free press in the United States and beyond. We research and report the challenges, host educational and advocacy events, draft op-eds, pressure governments and other powerful forces, and provide support to individual writers and artists at risk.
But for free expression to flourish, writers and readers everywhere must rise to the challenge of defending it, for all people. Please, join us by taking action below.
Mayor De Blasio: Expand COVID19 relief funding to NYC’s literary arts community
We, members of the literary community in New York City, call on you to ensure writers and the literary arts organizations who support them are provided meaningful support. More
Sri Lanka: Drop investigation into award-winning writer Shakthika Sathkumara
PEN is deeply concerned by the ongoing legal proceedings against award-winning writer, Shakthika Sathkumara, accused of inciting religious hatred and violating international human rights Law under Section 3(1) of… More
Joint NGO Statement Renews Call for Justice for Jamal Khashoggi
One year after the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi, NGOs renew their call and demand justice for Jamal On 2 October 2018, Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul… More
Statement in Response to Report the FBI is Urging Universities to Monitor Chinese Students and Scholars
China’s government is notorious for its surveillance. Efforts by the U.S. to fend off autocracy must not mimic the very tactics it professes to reject. More
Sri Lanka: Release award-winning writer Shakthika Sathkumara
Award-winning writer Shakthika Sathkumara, arrested and in ongoing detention, is charged with inciting religious hatred and violating international human rights law by Sri Lanka. More
Joint letter requesting immediate release of blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir in Mauritania
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Islamic Republic of Mauritania Ministère du Secrétariat Général à la Présidence Nouakchott, Mauritania Your Excellency : We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, urge you to ensure the immediate release of Mohamed… More