PEN-delegation denied entry to Belarus
Early Monday morning December 5th at the Minsk international airport, a delegation from Norwegian and Danish PEN was denied entry to Belarus.  Airport authorities demanded payment of 360 Euros for four visas which they never issued.
Winner of the Ossietzky Prize dedicates the prize to Iranian journalist
At a ceremony in Oslo on 15. November, this years recipient of Norwegian PENs Ossietzky Prize dedicated the prize to Iranian journalist Ahmed Zeidabadi. See video-clips from the ceremony and you will understand why.
15. November: Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2011
On the Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2011, PEN centers around the world are focusing on brave writers in Ethiopia, Mexico, Tibet, Bahrain and Turkey.  Unfortunately they are not the only ones being killed or jailed for expressing their opinions.
Mohammad Mostafaei awarded the 2011 Ossietzky prize
Norwegian PEN´s annual prize for outstanding achievements in the field of free expression, is awarded Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei. Mostafaei have saved more than 50 clients in Iran from execution, most of them women and children. 
Free expression- and human rights-organizations commemorate killed journalists in Mexico on the Day of the Dead
On Wednesday 2. November, PEN-centers all over the world will mark the Day of the Dead and commemorate our many killed or disappeared colleagues in Mexico, one of the world´ s most violent countries for writers and journalists.
Recipient of 2008 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize Arrested in Istanbul

The International Publishers Association (IPA) notes with concern that publisher Ragip Zarakolu was arrested yesterday evening in Istanbul. IPA will keep monitoring the situation and hopes that no charges will be brought against him.


Tunisia needs a media worthy of its inspiring election
Tuesday’s expected declaration of Tunisia’s election results will say much about the main players in its great adventure in democracy building. It won’t reveal much about what those players plan to do with with their unique mandate. For that you’ll need an independent Tunisian media, in print, on air and online, says Rohan Jayasekera, chair of the IFEX Tunisian Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG).
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Writers in Prison
  • Ales Bialiatski
  • Ragip Zarakolu
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