Free Word

Free Word (Vapaa sana) is an online writing series published by Finnish PEN. We publish poetry, prose, essays and articles mainly by our members but also texts written by writers whose freedom of expression is endangered. Free Word is also a platform for texts discussing timely freedom of expression topics. If you wish your text to be published in the series send it to info@suomenpen.fi. For the full series, click: https://www.suomenpen.fi/newsite/en/category/vapaa-sana/.

Veera Tyhtilä: Sananvapaus ja oikeistopopulismi

Niihin aikoihin, yli vuosikymmen sitten, keskustelin erään tuttavaporukan kanssa usein libertarismista. Erityisesti oikeistolibertarismista, eli ideologiasta, joka kannattaa henkilökohtaista ja taloudellista...

/ 5 June 2019

Shashank Mane: From India to Finland: A PEN Legacy

Freedom of speech is a first amendment in the constitution of the United States of America. As an Indian-American living...

/ 20 May 2019

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

Why Gandhi? At the end of 2018, we have been witnessing a global trend of the rise of illiberal democracy....

/ 2 January 2019

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

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

Çiler İlhan: You killed / Öldürdünüz

You Killed   You killed my mother. You killed my father: My uncles and my aunts. You killed my grandmother and...

/ 17 April 2018

Jamshid Barzgar: Border Guard’s Question

Border Guard’s Question Jamshid Barzgar   What is the name of that bird? The one resembling a song on a...

/ 12 April 2017

Mojibur Doftori: Strengthening Universal Liberal Democratic Values: What the World Can Learn from India and Nordic Countries?

Fhe results of the 2016 U.S. presidential elections came as a shock to many people across the world. Donald Trump,...

/ 4 January 2017

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

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

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

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

Cathal Sheerin: Out in the Cold: Russia and the Sochi Winter Games

No Winter Olympic Games have been so eagerly anticipated by non-sports fans as those that will take place in Sochi,...

/ 18 January 2014

Aurélia Lassaque: Poèmes (French)

Poèmes – Aurélia Lassaque Lo rei de seda saura Engana l’aucelum e tuteja l’aura. Quilhat dins l’èrba salvatja A perdut...

/ 17 December 2011

Aurélia Lassaque: Langue occitane (French)

« Pacienta e brava, l’aranha occitana teis sa tela per engabiar la maranha e que las paraulas vièlhas encara un còp...

/ 17 December 2011

Solomon Hailemariam: An ancient country with ancient languages and literatures

Solomon Hailemariam Ethiopia is one of the most ancient countries in the world. The Ethiopian alphabet has been in use...

/ 21 October 2011

Nasrin Sotoudeh: A Letter to my Daughter

Your Strength was no Less than Mine While the U.S. PEN Association announced that they will be awarding Nasrin Sotoudeh...

/ 30 August 2011

Christopher Mlalazi: Autum Leaves. A novel excerpt

Chapter One Arms stretched over his head, and his mouth open in a half yawn, he is standing at the...

/ 8 July 2011