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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