Posts By: Cat Lucas


Vahni Capildeo on the Douma 4

In April 2017, Vahni Capildeo was among the writers to take part in our second English PEN Modern Literature Festival, in partnership with Steven J Fowler and the Enemies Project. The festival sought to highlight the cases of writers at risk around the world, pairing them with individual writers here in the UK, each of

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Raif Badawi

Speak Out: Raif Badawi

Saudi Arabian writer, blogger and free speech activist Raif Badawi was arrested in Jeddah in June 2012. The following July, he was convicted under the information technology law of ‘founding a liberal website,’ ‘adopting liberal thought’ and for ‘insulting Islam’ and sentenced to seven years and three months in prison and 600 lashes. The online

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