Statement on

Yesterday was a dark day for all Jordanian Writers and supporters of freedom of speech anywhere. One of our colleagues, prominent Jordanian columnist Nahed Hattar, was gunned down outside the Court of Law where he was due to appear that morning. His killer was a fundamentalist who believed Nahed deserved to die for having a voice different than his own.

PEN mourns death of

Delhi, India. As Vice-president of PEN Tibetan Writers Abroad he was a tireless champion of literature, freedom of expression and linguistic rights.

He was wonderful to work with, a committed member of the PEN family and an unwavering advocate for imprisoned Tibetan writers, language and heritage.


PEN JORDAN expresses shock and horror over the barbaric killing of Jordanian pilot Muath Kasasbeh by , ISIS - a criminal deviant group which has no connection whatsoever with genuine Islam.
We also join millions in condemning the outrageous and brutal murder by ISIS of other victims and media figure from Japan, France, UK and USA.

Journalists on the

Jordan PEN is appalled by the murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, 42, by the rebel group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The group released a video showing the beheading of veteran war journalist and writer Goto, who was captured in October 2014 after he travelled to Syria to try and secure the release of security consultant Haruna Yukawa, who was also being held by ISIS.


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