PEN International is deeply concerned by the state of free expression in Ecuador.

8 February 2012

The latest worrying developments include a change in electoral law that will choke reporting on the 2013 presidential election, and a recent call from President Rafael Correa for restrictive changes to the Organization of American States’ office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.


PEN Korea Preparation for International PEN Congress in 2012

I am Lee GilWon, the president of Korea PEN.

Korea PEN is in the process of preparing for the International PEN Congress in the historic city of Gyeongju from September 9th to 16th, 2012. I am honored that I have the opportunity to introduce every pen center and the every president of pen centers.

I am organizing a website of International PEN Congress 2012 that will contain all the relevant data on every PEN center in the world. Also, I am planning to make them to a brochure, that everybody can have information about all the centers.


Monthly Letter from Pen President

Dear PEN Members, Dear Friends,
Over the last month I have been able to spend time with some twenty of our Centres in Africa and in Europe - a PEN African Network meeting in Dakar, four days in Sierra Leone with our PEN Centre there, a Forum of Freedom of Expression and Guest Writers in Stockholm, and finally in Milan I got together with Franca Tiberto of the Swiss Italian & Reto-Romansh PEN Centre and Sebastiano Grasso of PEN Italia.


PEN International deeply saddened by death of Václav Havel – a constant champion for freedom of expression

18 December 2011

Václav Havel, dissident playwright and poet, honorary president of Czech PEN and statesman, who died on 18 December 2011 aged 75, will be remembered by all at PEN for his remarkable contribution to literature and his outstanding commitment to freedom of expression.


Liu Xiaobo one year on: PEN International renews calls for the writer’s release from detention in China

A year ago today, on International Human Rights Day, our colleague Liu Xiaobo, former president of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. One year on, he and over thirty other writers remain in prison in China . PEN International demands their immediate and unconditional release, and calls upon its members to take action to publicise the deteriorating human rights climate in the People’s Republic of China .


Joseph O’Connor to receive the 2012 Irish PEN Award

05 December 2011

Irish PEN has announced that Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, will present Irish PEN’s annual Award to Joseph O’Connor on 10 February 2012, to mark his outstanding contribution to Irish Literature.

In 1998 Irish PEN set up the award to honour an Irish-born writer who has made an outstanding contribution to Irish Literature. This Award is for a significant body of work, written and produced over a number of years, and is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, scriptwriters etc.