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PEN International is a worldwide association of writers, founded in London in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere. PEN International now has autonomous Centres in over 100 countries.


Other goals included: to emphasise the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; to fight for freedom of expression; and to act as a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, imprisoned and sometimes killed for their views.


PEN originally stood for "Poets, Essayists and Novelists", but now includes writers of any form of literature, such as journalists and historians.


It is the world’s oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization.

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PEN International is launching a "Women's Manifesto" on International Women's Day (8th March): a set of principles aiming to protect women's free expression by "combating and eliminating the silencing of women worldwide, whether through censorship, harassment, or violence". The manifesto is intended ...
So when Pen International launched its South India chapter a couple of months ago, it cited the Madhorubhagan episode as an example of attack on a writer's freedom of expression. The new chapter aims to protect the freedom of expression of writers and focus on literature in Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, ...

Carles Torner, one of the leading modern Catalan poets, is also the Executive Director of PEN International, with which he has worked for over 20 years. He has been the chair of their Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee. Torner was in Chennai to speak about PEN's South Indian Chapter, their ...
"These verdicts, the first against journalists accused of being connected to the July 2016 failed coup, set a devastating precedent for the many other journalists and writers in Turkey who are being tried on similarly spurious charges," said Jennifer Clement, president of PEN International. Ahmet Altan, a ...
Pune, Feb 16 (PTI) Writers from across the world would discuss threats being faced by the members of their fraternity and other issues concerning them at a convention to be held here in September. PEN International, a worldwide association of writers that seeks to promote literature and freedom of ...
"A guilty verdict in this case will set an extremely negative precedent for the many cases where journalists and writers are being tried on groundless charges related to the coup attempt," said Sarah Clarke who observed the hearings for PEN International at Silivri prison. "It is essential that the international ...

The annual meeting of PEN International will be held for the first time in India, in September this year. The Congress, which will bring together representatives of 140 PEN centres from around the world, will mark the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 this year. The event, in Pune, will also ...
Freedom of artistic expression is increasing treated as not simply 'a nice thing to have' – but as a fundamental right. Sara Whyatt – a human rights consultant, member of International Arts Rights Advisors and a former director at PEN International – reported on the current state of artistic freedom in ...
The World Justice Project (WJP) released its biyearly Rule of Law Index along with a 191-page report based on 110,000 households and 3,000 experts in 113 countries, on Wednesday. “Turkey dropped two positions for overall rule of law performance (from 99 in the 2016 WJP Rule of Law Index) to 101 out ...
Dentzler Elementary School students enjoy international pen pal letter program. Updated February 1, 2018 at 6:10 AM ; Posted February 1, 2018 at 6:05 AM. Participating in the Holiday Card Project, more than 150 Dentzler Elementary School students received roughly 150 cards and letters from more than 30 states, as well ...
Rappler and sees it as part of the continuing shakedown by the Duterte administration on the independent press, which is critical of its abuses and depredations. The international PEN charter enjoins writers and journalists to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression. “PEN declares for a ...
AN ELDERLY GENTLEMAN sits in the shade in Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti. (Photo by Kennth Neely). In the hills of Haiti, about 40 minutes from the capital of Port-au-Prince, under the lavender bougainvillea and the fiery orange flamboyant trees, something even more beautiful happens behind ...
The Philippine Center of the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will launch “The Thing with Feathers: My Book of Memories,” the newest nonfiction title from essayist-fictionist Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo. Published by the Univerity of Santo Tomas Publishing House, the book is a ...
PEN Canada and PEN International have released a statement expressing concern over ongoing calls to take down UBC Accountable, a website that sprang up in the wake of the university's firing of Steven Galloway as chair of the Creative Writing Program following an investigation pertaining to an ...
PEN Center USA, the Los Angeles branch of the literary and human rights organization PEN International and a vital force in the city's literary community, will join forces with the New York PEN in 2018. The new combined entity will be known as PEN America and will be overseen by Suzanne Nossel in New ...
Iranian poet Mahvash Sabet has been announced as the 2017 International Writer of Courage and will share the PEN Pinter Prize with Irish writer Michael Longley. Sabet (pictured) was released last month after being imprisoned for almost a decade in Tehran. On Tuesday evening (10th October) ...
Global association of writers, PEN International, which has been campaigning against the retention of criminal defamation laws in Africa, is pressuring the governments of Uganda, South Africa, Sierra Leone and Zambia to repeal their laws to expand the democratic space. PEN recently released a report, ...

Rappler and sees it as part of the continuing shakedown by the Duterte administration on the independent press, which is critical of its abuses and depredations. The international PEN charter enjoins writers and journalists to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression. “PEN declares for a ...
The 60th-anniversary conference of the Philippine Center of PEN International was an opportunity for its original members to get together, and there were three of us who made it—Frankie Sionil Jose, National Artist for Literature and founding PEN national secretary; Rony Diaz, a leading fictionist and ...
PEN International, PEN Belgium/Flanders, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), Article 19, the Association of European Journalists (AEJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Index on Censorship, the Global Editors Network ...
PEN International is extremely concerned about increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and opinion in Catalonia during and following the referendum on independence of 1 October 2017. As the upcoming regional election on 21 December draws near, the organisation is particularly ...
Global writers' group PEN International is vigorously stepping up its campaign against the use of criminal defamation and "insult" laws in Africa. The campaign, which is a few years old, is being waged by PEN SA, PEN International and PEN centres in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia.
She noted that the PEN International marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer annually on November 15. Russian sociologist, Boris Nemtsov's cousin Igor Eidman drew attention to the fact that the Forum of Russian-speaking Europeans was founded in Germany, whose tasks include, among other things, the ...
Writers including Kamila Shamsie and Madeleine Thien are taking part in PEN International's campaign The Day of the Imprisoned Writer, today (15th November), championing the cause of five imprisoned writers. Shamsie and Thien will be joined by Salil Tripathi, Homero Arijdis and Ai Weiwei in penning ...
Pen International set aside November 15 as the day of the imprisoned writer to create public awareness on the prosecution of writers in general. Each year, it focuses on specific imprisoned writers to highlight their circumstances and encourage the public to take action on behalf of these writers. This year's ...
... Chair of London-based Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International; Kanak Dixit, Founder-Editor of Himal South Asia, Nepal; and NDTV ...
PEN International is deeply concerned by reports that renowned writer and activist Sulak Sivaraksa is facing trial for violating article 112 of the ...
Trial observers included PEN International, Turkish PEN, Norwegian PEN and PEN Flanders/Belgium along with observers from International ...
PEN International promotes literature and defends freedom of expression. Through Centres in over 100 countries, PEN operates on five ...
... the literary association reserves the right to inform the International PEN Center about this fact so that its experts could express their attitude ...
Poet Dareen Tatour–a Palestinian citizen of Israel–is currently standing trial on charges of “support for a terrorist organization” and several ...
She is a recipient of the Nagaland Governor's Award for excellence in literature in 2011, and the Catalan PEN International Free Voice Award.
The free speech advocacy group PEN International has given its annual Writer of Courage award to the Iranian poet Mahvash Sabet. She was ...
PEN International is extremely concerned about the well-being of Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, who was detained by the National ...
Baha'i poet Mahvash Sabet, who was jailed for nearly a decade in Iran, has been selected as the 2017 International Writer of Courage.
The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), with the University of the Philippines Baguio, will hold a ...
In a statement, PEN International said it was concerned with the arrest and detention of the Kurdish-Iranian writer and journalist Sajjad Jahan Fard, including his ...
Elisabeth Asbrink, chairwoman of the Swedish chapter of PEN International, the writers' group, expressed doubt that Mr. Gui was free. “We are ...
PEN International welcomes news of the release of prominent Yemeni journalist and writer Mohammad Yahya al-Jubaihi, who was recently ...
Amnesty International and PEN International are calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Narges Mohammadi, who is in poor health, as she is imprisoned for her peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression.
Last December, Postsecondary Education Network International (PEN-International), a worldwide association of writers, said that Erdogan was being held solely for peacefully exercising her right to free speech.
Pennant International (PEN),up 3.43% to 90.5p, announces that Public Services and Procurement Canada has amended a contract with Pennant Canada Ltd, which adds an extra C$3.8m in contract value to the existing services consulting contract to ...
And with the exception of PEN International, of which Gui was a member, major human rights organizations have been reluctant to take up the case, due to lack of information.
In a March 6 letter written through PEN International, the global writers' group that promotes freedom of expression, they condemned the "unprecedented, relentless assault on the free press of the United States by the Trump administration.
A writers' delegation from PEN International recently did just that. Human rights and free speech advocacy organisations must keep up the drumbeat of publicity for oppressed individuals and groups, and every reader can support these campaigns.
PEN International was founded the year before in direct response to the ethnic and national divisions that contributed to World War I. There are 144 PEN centers in 101 countries comprising PEN International. Top photo: Sophia Andrukhovych's novel ...
In addition to her reading from Prayers, Clement will give a public lecture detailing her work with PEN International, "PEN International and the Power of Literature," hosted by the College of Liberal Arts, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 5 in Rudder ...
In her former work, McVeigh was Executive Director of PEN International, and her belief in the power of literature to transform lives shines through.
It has been part of PEN International, an association of writers promoting literature and freedom of expression, since 2012.
Prior to writing full-time, Laura was Director of PEN International, the writers' organisation promoting literature and campaigning on freedom of expression issues around the world.


 

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