• Cartoon Puzzle
    Cartoon: Puzzle

    Repression of the press is a puzzle, and the pieces can take many forms: outright censorship by the state is one form, but the latest arrest of four Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt might be considered another. Cartoon by Ángel Ramiro Zapata Mora (Colombia).

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  • Xiao Shu
    Xiao Shu: Thoughts On My Online Annihilation

    “These past few years I’ve been driven into exile, hunted down and attacked from all sides.” The veteran Chinese journalist and former Southern Weekly commentator Xiao Shu, an important figure in the New Citizens Movement, speaks out on being silenced from China’s internet.

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  • Nu Nu Yi: The Writer, the Role Model, and the Bird
    Ten Most-Read Columns of 2013

    We look back at the most-read columns of 2013, featuring contributions from Tarik Günersel (Turkey), Bina Shah (Pakistan), Khet Mar (Burma), Israel Centeno (Venezuela), Hamdy el-Gazzar (Egypt), Tienchi Martin-Liao (China), Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador), and Yaghoub Yadali (Iran).

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  • PEN Presents: Who's Afraid of Free Speech?
    Video: Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?

    On December 4, 2013, PEN PRESENTS: “Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?” brought together writers David Simon, E.L. Doctorow, Masha Gessen, Azar Nafisi, and moderator James Fallows of The Atlantic to address challenges to free expression in the digital age.

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  • Kiran Desai
    Interview: Author Kiran Desai on Freedom of Expression in India

    Booker-prize winner, Kiran Desai, talks with PEN International’s Sarah Clarke about threats to freedom of expression in India and the role of PEN. The interview was took place at PEN’s 79th Congress in Iceland in September 2013, where Desai spoke on behalf of the newly launched PEN Delhi Centre.

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  • Imprisoned_Turkish_Writers
    Turkey’s Imprisoned Writers

    Nearly 800 writers, poets, journalists, translators, and editors are currently in prison around the world. Approximately one tenth of them are in Turkey, where an Anti-Terror Law has been broadly applied to target writers. Here PEN Turkey president explains and names the writers under threat.

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  • Cartoon by Pedro X. Molina
    Cartoon: Crazy Climate

    Today’s cartoon is by Pedro X. Molina (Nicaragua). Sampsonia Way’s Cartoons section features cartoonists from around the world whose work offers unique political and social commentary, as well as sharp wit.

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