Pressemitteilung vom 18. Mai 2023
Haftbefehl gegen PEN-Berlin-Sprecher Deniz Yücel

Ein Istanbuler Gericht hat heute Haftbefehl gegen den Co-Sprecher des PEN Berlin, Deniz Yücel, erlassen. Jenseits von verfahrenstechnischen Hintergründen besteht der Skandal darin, dass dieses Prozess wegen »Verunglimpfung des türkischen Staates und der türkischen Nation« sowie wegen »Beleidigung des Staatspräsidenten« überhaupt eröffnet wurde. MEHR


Press release of May 18th, 2023
Georg Stefan Troller: Honorary member of PEN Berlin 

Georg Stefan Troller turns 102 this year. We are extremely pleased to welcome him as an honorary member of PEN Berlin. MORE


Foto: Renate von Mangoldt

Press release of May 14th, 2023
We mourn the death of Sibylle Lewitscharoff

On Saturday, May 13, Sibylle Lewitscharoff, our esteemed colleague, Büchner Prize winner and founding member of PEN Berlin, died in Berlin after a long illness. She was an outstanding, immensely original, stupendously educated writer and artist, and an exemplary strong, free person. MORE


Pressemitteilung vom 10. Mai 2023
90 Jahre Bücherverbrennung

Wenn Gedenken nicht zur leeren Formel erstarren soll, dann müssen wir Heutigen die Geschichte zu verstehen versuchen: um Unterschiede zu erkennen, aber auch verwandte Tendenzen. MEHR


Pressemitteilung vom 5. Mai 2023
Solidarität mit Yevgenia Berkovich und Svetlana Petriychuk

Gestern wurden die Moskauer Regisseurin Yevgenia Berkovich und die Dramatikerin Svetlana Petriychuk festgenommen. Berkovich ist eine zentrale Figur der alternativen und widerständigen Literaturszene in Moskau und Russland. Sie hat sich gegen das Exil und für den Kampf um ein demokratisches Russland entschieden, und deswegen wird sie unter einem Vorwand drangsaliert. MEHR


Press release of April 17th, 2023
Second aid delivery of the »Fire trucks for Kharkiv« campaign

Last weekend our driver Christian handed over the second aid delivery of the campaign »Fire trucks for Kharkiv« in Lviv to Switlana from the »Lviv Volunteers«. This organization will further transport the goods to Kharkiv to Serhiy Zhadan. MORE


Press release of January 12th, 2023
Solidarity with Marko Vidojković

PEN Berlin observes with great concern the increasingly violent radicalization of the Serbian public. Citizens critical of the government, writers, and journalists are put under massive pressure and receive death threats. In recent years, at least four well-known journalists have been murdered, but the crimes have never been solved. MORE


Press release of January 7th, 2023
Fire trucks to Kharkiv – We have delivered

PEN Berlin spokesperson Deniz Yücel and co-initiator Liane Bednarz today handed over urgently needed supplies to our Ukrainian colleague, writer, musician, and German Peace Prize laureate Serhij Zhadan: Two IVECO fire-fighting trucks, each with a 20kVA generator, a trailer with twenty-eight 8kVA diesel generators, one 50kVA diesel generator, (…) MORE



Press release of December 16th, 2022
Mullahs, don’t you dare!

Over 150 influential writers, artists, politicians, and citizens are calling for overturning the death penalty for two Iranian women who have been sentenced to death on charges of »corruption on Earth through the promotion of homosexuality«. Amid the executions of protestors in Iran, concern has been rising over the fate of Zahra Sedighi and Elham Choubdar. MORE | VIDEO



Press release of December 13th, 2022
Mullahs, don’t you dare!

We call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to suspend the death penalty in Saman Yasin’s case and to drop the charges against Toomaj Salehi. »Enmity against God« and »corruption on earth« are charges for which people should no longer be allowed to die in the 21st century. MORE



Press release of December 5th, 2022
Congress and general meeting

Introduced by Daniel Kehlmann, PEN America President Ayad Akhtar gave the keynote address at Festsaal Kreuzberg. Akhtar criticized that »a climate of digital intimidation« is spreading in the U.S. »and with it the fear of speaking freely or even thinking freely«. On the initiative of Ralf Bönt PEN Berlin has launched the donation campaign »Fire trucks for Kharkiv«. MORE




Press release of November 16th, 2022
Congress: The Trick is to Keep talking 

We promised – after our much-noticed foundation in June 2022, the association law is now followed by the content. MORE




Press release of November 14th, 2022
Talking about Iran, talking with Chelsea Manning/span>

We would like to draw your attention to two events next week in Berlin:: Azadî in Progress. Revolution in Iran, LGBT+ and what the rest of the world can do. And: Readme. Talk with Chelsea Manning. MORE



Press release of October 14th, 2022
Maybe not that bad: Program at the Frankfurt Book Fair

We would like to draw particular attention to the panel discussion with Omid Nouripour and Natalie Amiri, among others, as well as the discussion with Peace Prize winner Serhij Zhadan, Claudia Roth and Eva Menasse. MORE


Meral und Freunde

Press release of September 18th, 2022
PEN Berlin continues to grow rapidly – Meral Şimşek is member

The writers‘ association PEN Berlin, which was only founded in June, elected over ninety new colleagues at its first online meeting last Saturday and now has 463 members. The new members include the well-known writers Adriana Altaras, Jackie Thomae, Vea Kaiser,… MORE


Julian Asange

Press release of September 7th, 2022
An Evening for Julian Assange

»I have never seen a group of democratic states come together to deliberately isolate, demonise and disrespect a single individual for so long.« (UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, on Julian Assange). MORE



Press release of August 23rd, 2022
Russia: Natalia Sivokhina sentenced

Our colleague Natalia Sivokhina, director of the St. Petersburg PEN Center, was arrested on June 22, 2022 and taken to the police station. There she was opened to the charge of disparaging the Russian armed forces on social media. MORE



Press release of August 18th, 2022
Words against Violence: An evening for Salman Rushdie

PEN Berlin and the Berliner Ensemble have organized a reading at short notice as a convalescent salute to Salman Rushdie, one of the greatest writers of our time. As a sign of resistance against fanaticism and violence. MORE


Meral_SimsekPress release of July 20th, 2022
Turkey: Persecuted author Meral Şimşek

PEN Berlin is happy to welcome Turkish-Kurdish writer and poet Meral Şimşek to Germany. We would like to thank all the people and institutions who have assisted in this outcome, in particular Nancy Faeser and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Klaus Lederer and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture. MORE


Tsitsi_DangarembgaPress release of June 24th, 2022
Zimbabwe: Trial of Tsitsi Dangarembga

PEN-Berlin expresses its solidarity with its member Tsitsi Dangarembga. We call on the anti-corruption court in Harare (Zimbabwe) to immediately drop the case against the writer Dangarembga and the co-accused journalist Julie Barnes. MORE


Press release of June 17th, 2022
UK: Extradition of Julian Assange

PEN Berlin is shocked by British Home Secretary Priti Patel’s decision to extradite Julian Assange to the US. We urge the German government to work for his immediate release, and to offer him political asylum. MORE



Press release of June 13th, 2022
PEN Berlin founded. New: Wallraff, Sorokin, Bachér

On Friday, 10th of June 2022, PEN Berlin was legally founded as an association under German law in the Literaturhaus Berlin. Some 360 authors, translators and publicists joined the new association as founding members. MORE



Press release of June 7th, 2022
PEN Berlin. We stand by our word

We want a new PEN. A contemporary and diverse PEN, that brings together writers and translators of all literary and journalistic genres writing in German or living in Germany. MORE

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