PEN mourns the loss

PEN International is deeply saddened by the death of Cameroonian singer-songwriter and former PEN main case Lapiro de Mbanga who spent three years in jail after one of his songs –Constipated Constitution – became a protest anthem in Cameroon in 2008. He died in exile in the United States on 16 March, 2014. 

PEN marks

On March 8 PEN International and PEN Centres around the world mark International Women’s Day

Message to Members

Dear Friends,

PEN and IHRP to

Dear PEN Colleagues,
On Thursday January 23 PEN International, PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (IHRP), will launch a new report highlighting challenges to freedom of expression in Honduras and the raising scale of attacks against journalists.

New internet law a

(London, 6 February 2014) A new law governing the internet is a backwards step for freedom of expression in Turkey, PEN International, the global organisation of writers, said today. The bill which amended Law No. 5651 on the internet was passed today by Turkey’s parliament, and will allow the blocking of websites without a court order and mass surveillance of Internet users.