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 Jane Archer: janearcher22 [at] yahoo.co.uk
Turkish writer living in exile after writing about atrocities against Armenian and Kurdish people.
Ali Mohammed al-Nimr is a 21 year old man sentenced to death for alleged crimes committed when he was 17. This is against international conventions that Saudi Arabia itself has signed.
Scottish PEN’s own letter protesting about the situation was handed into the Turkish consulate in Edinburgh on Tuesday 15th November. It was signed by many of Scotland’s best known writers and publishers, including Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Alexander McCall Smith.
Here is the resolution put forward by PEN Netherlands and Scottish PEN about the state of free expression in Malta at the 84th PEN International Congress in Pune, India, September 2018
On the one year anniversary of the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia we remember her bravery and legacy and look to the future to what we can do to protect journalists in Scotland, Europe and across the globe.
PEN centres based in the UK have urged the Foreign Secretary to call on the Brazilian government to ensure The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven by Jo Clifford can be performed in Brazil free from threats of violence and censorship.
Scottish PEN welcomes the release of Liu Xia and calls on China to release all imprisoned writers and protect free expression.
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Byre Theatre – Studio Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9LA
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Outside Scottish Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
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Institut Français d’Écosse , West Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF
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Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens