Eskinder Nega Released from Unwarranted Detention In February we ran an article ( ) in support of Pen America regarding Eskinder Nega initial release. He was re-arrested shortly afterward. Here is the updated story from Pen America, New York:   Eskinder Nega, the 2012 PEN/Barbara GoldsmithContinue Reading


  Like many youngsters growing up in the Seventies and Eighties, my political landscape was deeply shaped by the seemingly interminable issues in the Middle East. My own teen years were influenced deeply by both Jewish and Arabic cultures and I owe much of myContinue Reading

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Norwegian Union of Journalists (NJ), in condemning the arrest on 2 February in Baghdad of Samir Obeid. The journalist, who is a dual Norwegian and Iraqi national, was arrested after accusing the Iraqi government ofContinue Reading

Hot off the Press dispatch from Pen America. The Ethiopian 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award Winner, Eskinder Nega  has finally been released from prison after close to seven years is outstanding news, said PEN America in a statement today. After a week ofContinue Reading

 Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo In an announcement this morning, PEN America, based in New York, published a press release detailing the decision to honor imprisoned Myanmar reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.  Both were arrested on December 12, 2017, while investigating violenceContinue Reading