At the Annual Meeting, a new President and Board elected

A new Board of PEN Finland has been elected in its Annual Meeting held on 13 February 2019. Playwright and...

/ 14 February 2019

PEN International Fellowship 2018

Mojibur Doftori, PEN Finland’s board member and the chair of its Writers at Risk Committee, was invited as a fellow...

/ 13 February 2019

Mojibur Doftori: Gandhi’s East-West Synthesis and Its Relevance in the 21st Century

W hy Gandhi?   At the end of 2018, we have been witnessing a global trend of the rise of...

/ 2 January 2019

Finnish PEN 90 years at restaurant Dubrovnik 14.11

90 -year-old writers’ freedom of expression association Finnish PEN invites you to celebrate with us! This special evening on Wednesday...

/ 5 November 2018

Finnish PEN at Helsinki Book Fair

Writers’ freedom of expression association Finnish PEN celebrates its 90th year this autumn. We are having five discussions on free speech,...

/ 21 October 2018

Finnish PEN’s Resolution on Stifling of Digital Freedom passed in Pune

Digitalization is transforming the world at an unprecedented pace in human history giving people powerful tools to improve lives and...

/ 19 October 2018

Egypt: PEN calls for the poet Galal El-Behairy’s sentence to be quashed

PEN calls for charges of ‘insulting the military’ and ‘spreading false news’ to be quashed in an open letter and...

/ 10 August 2018

Galal El-Behairy: The Tartan Shirt

Galal El-Behairy’s new poem from behind bars Read in Arabic.   The Tartan Shirt Your letter’s tucked away in the...

/ 10 August 2018

PEN event – Writers for freedom of speech July 16th

The Writer’s Association Finnish PEN organizes an event with PEN America on Monday, 16 July 2018 at 2–4.00 pm on...

/ 11 July 2018

New information on Galal El-Behairy’s case

Finnish PEN has received new information about the case of the Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy, who’s currently facing charges in Military...

/ 26 June 2018

China: Uyghur pop musician and lyric writer detained, concerns for his well-being

PEN International is seriously concerned for the well-being of Uyghur pop musician and lyric writer, Ablajan Awut Ayup (popularly known...

/ 22 June 2018

#FreeGalal poetry demonstration was seen and heard

A group of supporters of the poet Galal El-Behairy gathered in front of the embassy of Egypt in Helsinki to...

/ 21 June 2018

Please join us in Helsinki: #FreeGalal demonstration on World Refugee Day 20 June 2018

The 20th of June is UN’s World Refugee Day. It is about sharing responsibility for global issues. Many PEN centres around...

/ 19 June 2018

Bangladesh: Publisher killed

11 June 2018 – PEN International is deeply saddened and concerned at today’s news that publisher and writer, Shahzahan Bachchu, was murdered in Munshiganj, Bangladesh...

/ 14 June 2018

#FreeGalal and Megaphone X at Freedom of Expression Club on 9 June 2018

Freedom of Expression Club: Ramy Essam – Freedom to Sing was organized at Tenho Restobar on Sat 9 June 2018...

/ 12 June 2018

Egypt: PEN publishes new work by imprisoned poet Galal El Behairy

Read this article and the poem in Arabic here. Read the Finnish translation by Sampsa Peltonen here. Ahead of the...

/ 9 June 2018

Freedom of Expression Club: Ramy Essam – Freedom to Sing 9.6.2018

Tenho Restobar (Helsinginkatu 15, 2nd floor), Saturday 9 June 2018 18–20pm Ramy Essam is a superstar of Arabic rock music,...

/ 1 June 2018

Oleg Sentsov on hunger strike – sign Finnish PEN’s online appeal NOW

Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has been on hunger strike since 14 May 2018 to urge the Russian authorities...

/ 21 May 2018

Galal El-Behairy: Statement

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, My friends, it is with great sorrow that I...

/ 15 May 2018

Egypt’s grim blow on freedom of expression and human rights: the tortured poet Galal El-Behairy must be freed

A Statement by Finnish PEN 8 May 2018 Updated 14 May 2018: More signatories added. Update on 26 June 2018: Galal...

/ 8 May 2018