World Poetry Day 2015 - PEN campaigns for imprisoned poets
On 21 March 2015, while people across the globe celebrate World Poetry Day, PEN will be directing public attention to the imprisonment, murder and general harassment of poets, writers and journalists around the world. We will be focusing on five cases that highlight the threats faced by writers who criticise those in power: Aron Atabek (Kazakhstan), Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami (Qatar), Enoh Meyomesse (Cameroon), Susana Chávez Castillo (Mexico) and Liu Xia (China).
A dark weekend for freedom of speech

Friday we learned that a colleague from Tibetan PEN had been stabbed to death in New Dehli. Saturday evening February 14. we received the news about the attacks in Copenhagen.  Following the Paris assassinations in January, these incidents represent a dark and dreary start for free expression in 2015. The five Nordic PEN centers have written a joint statement on the Copenhagen assassination.

Members of Norwegian PEN support refugee appeal
85 member of Norwegian PEN supported the appeal initiated by German PEN,  in association with English PEN and PEN International, calling on European governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission to honour their humanitarian obligations to refugees.  These members supported the appeal.
Norwegian PEN condemns terrorist attack against French satirical magazine in Paris
Norwegian PEN condemns today's terrorist action against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people are reported killed. President William Nygaard urges unity and prudence.
Hege Newth Nouri new Secretary General in Norwegian PEN
When current Secretary general Carl Morten Iversen steps down after more than 13 years next spring, he will be succeeded by Hege Newth Nouri.  She currently holds the position as national coordinator for the Norwegan Cities of Refuge for persecuted writers in Norwegian PEN.
Norwegian PEN launches comprehensive report on free expression in Turkey
In November 2012, Turkish president Abdullah Gül made the following statement about the free expression situation in his country to a delegation from PEN International: "There are many good things unfolding in Turkey, but these concerns cast a shadow over the progress we are achieving." Read how the situation for freedom of expression has developed since the visit in 2012 in Norwegian PENs new report.  Download the report as pdf here.
"A manual for writing a whore poem”
"A manual for writing a whore poem” is an anthology of texts and caricatures by ICORN guest writers living in Norway. The anthology is bilingual - English and Norwegian. This is the third time that the Norwegian chapter of PEN International has initiated such an anthology.
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Writers in Prison
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