Writers at Risk

The Writers at Risk Committee is PEN’s watchdog. We campaign for imprisoned and persecuted writers all over the world, people who are punished for saying what they think.


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Nicola Sturgeon with Behrouz Boochani’s book
Jane Archer presented Nicola Sturgeon with a copy of Behrouz Boochani’s account of his imprisonment on Manus Island

The Writers at Risk Committee also fights to maintain freedom of expression in our own country. People take it for granted in the affluent West, but our rights are constantly being eroded – by government, through repressive laws and covert surveillance, and by self-censorship in the media, usually for economic reasons. As well as writing letters to governments and embassies and campaigning for freedom of expression, we take part in events to publicise these issues.

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

The Day of the Imprisoned Writer (15th November) is a chance for writers and PEN centres to stand in solidarity with at-risk or imprisoned writers everywhere. The Writers at Risk Committee lead this work for Scottish PEN. You can find out more about our activity here. 

Contact us

If you would like to help us in our work, please contact Scottish PEN on info@scottishpen.org

Writers we represent

Behrouz Boochani photo

Behrouz Boochani

Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish Iranian journalist and filmmaker.

Daphne Caruana Galizia

Daphne Caruana Galizia

Daphne Anne Caruana Galizia (1964 – 2017) was a Maltese investigative journalist, writer, and anti-corruption activist.

Dr Stella Nyanzi

Dr Stella Nyanzi

Dr Stella Nyanzi is a fierce public critic of Uganda’s president and an outspoken academic, and poet.

Ashraf Fayadh

Palestinian poet arrested for accusations of apostasy in Saudi Arabia.

Raif Badawi

Saudi Arabian blogger imprisoned and sentenced to 1000 lashings for insulting Islam.

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