Call for release of Alaa Ab El-Fattah

We call for release of Alaa Ab El-Fattah! The prominent Egyptian dissident Alaa Ab El-Fattah has been arrested – only six months after his release from prison. Alaa Abdel Fattah was freed in March after serving a five-year sentence for organising a protest without permission. He was a leading campaigner during the 2011 uprising against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Under his probation conditions, the activist was required to spend

Jamal Khashoggi

8 October 2018 – PEN International is deeply concerned about the well-being and safety of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi writer who disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on 2 October 2018. Six days later no official information has been disclosed about the whereabouts of Khashoggi. There are unconfirmed reports that he may have been murdered inside the Consulate.  ‘Khashoggi’s disappearance is deeply alarming and hugely worrying for his

WiP Podiumsdiskussion "Die Freiheit des Wortes" auf der Buch Wien

   BUCH WIEN 18 Der Österreichische PEN ist mit einem eigenen Stand und mehreren Programmpunkten auf der Buch Wien 2018 vertreten. 7. – 11. November 2018 Messe Wien, Halle D, U2 Station Krieau   Freitag, 9. November 2018 auf der BuchWien: Podiumsdiskussion zur Freiheit des Wortes mit Thomas Höhne (Rechtsanwalt, Meinungs- und Medienfreiheit) Sarita Jenamani (Lyrikerin, Generalsekretärin PEN Austria) Maria Teresa Medeiros Lichem (Literaturwissenschaftlerin, Lateinamerika) Wolfgang Martin Roth (Vorsitzender des Writers-in-Prison-Komitees PEN Austria) Ingrid