International Campaigns

Every year, hundreds of writers and other literary professionals around the world are imprisoned, prosecuted, persecuted, attacked, threatened, forced into exile or even murdered as a result of their work

Through English PEN’s International Campaigns, we seek to defend and support these writers and their families, to pressurise governments where the right to freedom of expression is under attack, and to help bring about the necessary changes to make the freedom to write a reality around the world.

English PEN’s International Campaigns are overseen by the Writers at Risk Committee (formerly the Writers in Prison Committee), founded in 1960 and now one of the world’s longest running campaigns for free expression. The work is co-ordinated by our office-based Campaigns Team and informed by the research of our colleagues at PEN International.

Visit our latest campaigns page for more information about individual writers currently at risk around the world and to take action.

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