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.

You Can Help

Professor Bashabi Fraser organises our Rapid Action Network, sending out alerts and calls for action in support of writers under threat. Contact her at B.Fraser@napier.ac.uk

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.

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

Writers we represent

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.

Ragip Zarakolu

Turkish writer living in exile after writing about atrocities against Armenian and Kurdish people.

Liu Xiaobo

Chinese writer imprisoned for 11 years for criticising single-party government.

Lydia Cacho

Mexican journalist targeted for exposing paedophile rings, human trafficking, and political corruption.

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