Johanna Sillanpää

On World Press Freedom day 2016

Finnish PEN joins Finnish Newspapers Association and 19 other organizations to demand responsible use of words on the International Press...

/ 3 May 2016

A statement on Bangladesh by the Nordic and Estonian PEN centres

In support of secular bloggers and freethinkers in Bangladesh – The Nordic and Estonian PEN centres condemn the acts of...

/ 27 April 2016

Ahmed Zaidan: A Poet Sings for Life in Midst of Death…

…from the Dark Cellar, He Narrates His Story Umar Abdul-Nasser is an Iraqi poet from the city of Mosul northern...

/ 27 April 2016

Thai authorities ban a journalist’s trip to Helsinki

Thai journalist’s ban from joining UNESCOs Press Freedom Day conference in Helsinki violates freedom of expression Finnish organizations promoting freedom...

/ 1 April 2016

Nasiba Hilal: A Day in the Life of an Ordinary Woman

She hears successive knocks on the door, and sounds of screams from the stree. She has just finished her prayer,...

/ 15 March 2016

The Quebec Declaration on Literary Translation and Translators

1.  Literary translation is an art of passion. Promoting values of openness, acting for peace and freedom and against injustice,...

/ 24 February 2016

Mojibur Doftori: International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day first initiated by UNESCO in 1999, has been observed throughout the world on February 21 every...

/ 24 February 2016

Literature without borders 18.3

Seminar examines the Nordic literary field from a multilingual perspective The Nordic countries are becoming more and more multilingual, and...

/ 11 January 2016
PEN on the Charlie Hebdo anniversary

PEN on the Charlie Hebdo anniversary

On the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack dissenting voices must be protected  7 January 2016 On the anniversary of...

/ 7 January 2016
Protection, food, shoes and ABC books

Protection, food, shoes and ABC books

Statement of Finnish PEN, 9.12.2015, on the eve of International Human Rights Day As a member of PEN International, which...

/ 9 December 2015
Poet Ashraf Fayadh must be released

Poet Ashraf Fayadh must be released

Finnish PEN and more than 60 other international organisations have joined a letter in support of poet and artist Ashraf...

/ 2 December 2015
Statement of the Polish PEN club

Statement of the Polish PEN club

Finnish PEN supports the statement by Polish PEN: Statement of the Polish PEN Club 22 November 2015 Following a series...

/ 23 November 2015

TAKE ACTION: Raif Badawi and Waleed Abu al-Khair

Writers’ freedom of expression organization Finnish PEN is deeply concerned of the well-being of Raif Badawi, the saudiarabian blogger and...

/ 15 November 2015
PEN on attacks on Paris

PEN on attacks on Paris

Finnish PEN stands by PEN International and French PEN We condemn the attacks on Paris and send our deepest condolences...

/ 15 November 2015
Open letter to President Erdoğan

Open letter to President Erdoğan

7 September 2015 Dear President Erdoğan As writers, journalists and members of PEN, we are writing to express our extreme...

/ 8 September 2015
Cross-Border Civil Society Dialogue 4.7.

Cross-Border Civil Society Dialogue 4.7.

40 Years since Helsinki Final Act 40 years ago, the CSCE – Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe –...

/ 2 July 2015
A Statement From The Nordic PEN Centres Regarding The Attacks in Copenhagen

A Statement From The Nordic PEN Centres Regarding The Attacks in Copenhagen

The attack on the Saturday meeting in Copenhagen, where people came together to discuss freedom of expression in the face...

/ 16 February 2015

Finnish PEN’s Freedom of Expression Award 2015 to Abdirahim Husu Hussein

Finnish PEN’s Freedom of Expression Award for 2015 has been granted to Abdirahim Husu Hussein (b. 1978) for his activity...

/ 9 February 2015

TAKE ACTION: Aron Atabek

Aron Atabek is a poet, journalist and social activist. He has written several books of poetry and prose inspired by...

/ 27 January 2015

Mojibur Doftori: Global Islamic Extremism: Time for Muslims to Break Silence

Global Islamic Extremism: Time for Muslims to Break Silence In recent time, horrific atrocities on innocent people around the world...

/ 17 December 2014