PEN International was founded in 1921 to promote literature and empower societies through reading and writing. PEN now operates centres in 104 countries around the world, encouraging intercultural dialogue through literature, highlighting the impact of writers in society, and striving for global freedom of expression. Membership in PEN is open to all writers who agree to follow the organization's core principles.
PEN created the Writers in Prison Committee in 1960 to keep track of the alarming number of writers who face incarceration by the authorities as a result of their work. The WiPC regularly alerts PEN's 145 centres and the public worldwide of new and ongoing cases and mounts campaigns to petition for the release of prisoners. In addition to monitoring individuals, the WiPC follows global trends regarding the infringment of free speech.
To read the latest case list, please see the attachment below.