Johanna Sillanpää

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

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

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

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

#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

#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

PEN calls for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

On World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2018 PEN calls for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and the protection of...

/ 3 May 2018
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Uladzimir Njakljajeu sentenced for 10 days in prison

Free Uladzimir Njakljajeu Statement by Finnish PEN 3.11.2017 The poet and civil rights activist Uladzimir Njakljajeu (Vladimir Neklyaev) has been...

/ 3 November 2017

Nordic PEN centers’ protest letter to President Rouhani

Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish PEN send a letter to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Nov 2nd to protest the...

/ 3 November 2017

Finnish PEN’s resolution on blasphemy accepted in Lviv

Resolutions adopted by the Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 83rd  Congress in Lviv, Ukraine, 18 to...

/ 26 October 2017

Turkey: The charges against Finnish-Turkish journalist Ayla Albayrak must be dropped

A statement by Finnish PEN, 18.10.2017 Freedom of expression is under serious assault in Turkey and not even journalists of...

/ 18 October 2017

Women Writers at Risk 27.9.2017 Arkadia International Bookshop

Finnish PEN organizes a literature event in support of writing women all over the world. Writers Tuuve Aro, Riina Katajavuori,...

/ 29 September 2017

The registration to the seminar Priceless Words begins

Priceless Words – The Nordic-Estonian Freedom of Speech Seminar Estonian PEN and the Nordic PEN centres are gathering in Helsinki...

/ 17 June 2016