The Authors Guild releases a letter sent to the president of a South Carolina police association: ‘Attempts at censorship by law enforcement organizations cannot be tolerated in a democracy.’
‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas and ‘All American Boys’ by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely have been challenged on a high school summer reading list by police and other supporters.
‘Diverse publishing culture of Bangladesh is at risk,’ says the International Publishers Association, condemning the murder of publisher Shahzahan Bachchu.
The PEN Pinter Prize will be given on October 9 to Nigerian-born Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the British Library, in honor of how she ‘guides us through the revolving doors of identity politics, liberating us all.’
Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, PEN America issues a letter demanding the release of imprisoned Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who began a hunger strike in May.
The third year of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers’ Tehran Book Fair Uncensored program includes an anthology of writings censored in Iran but not yet published outside the country.
The free-speech advocacy organization PEN America takes on the problems writers face in online harassment with a new guide for protection.
In a never-before staged seminar event, London Book Fair this year presented a mini-conference on the freedom to publish with the International Publishers Association and featuring the widow of slain publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.
An extensively researched new report from PEN America examines China’s policy of ‘Internet sovereignty’ and its dangers to freedoms of expression, and it provides guidance to companies doing business in China.
‘To my mind, freedom of expression is a basic human right,’ says the Pulitzer-winning Jennifer Egan as she takes over from Andrew Solomon as president of PEN America.