PEN American Center is the largest of the 145 centers of International PEN, the world’s oldest human rights organization and international literary organization. The Freedom to Write Program, which works to protect the freedom of the written word, has been working to end China’s imprisonment, harassment, and surveillance of writers and journalists and curtail Internet censorship and other restrictions on the freedom to write in that country. For more information, please visit

On New Year’s Eve, Don DeLillo, Edward Albee, A.M. Homes, and others gathered to demand the release of Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo, sentenced to 11 years in prison. Read E.L. Doctorow’s statement and watch the video of the event.

PEN American Center has written a letter to President Obama asking him to help pressure the Chinese authorities to release a Tiananmen dissident, writer, and activist. Read more about the case.