Freedom to Write 2014: A Year in Review


As 2014 comes to a close, we'd like to take a look back at the year through a Freedom to Write lens. It's been a benchmark year in the world, especially in regards to the freedom of expression. Between the executions of several journalists by extremist groups, harassment and arrests of the press in Ferguson, increased government pressure placed on whistleblowers in the U.S., and the ongoing struggle to protect online privacy and freedom of expression across all mediums internationally, 2014 has shown us that the need for advocacy for writers' protection is absolutely crucial.
This year, PEN Center USA has covered over 50 cases, including 20 RAN petitions sent directly to the those who make judgment calls on the imprisonment, torture, execution, and harassment of writers. We've collected over 6,600 of your signatures in support of these cases, and have watched you use social media to help spotlight these issues in your online community. We are so glad to have you with us!
That said, we certainly have not covered the entire scope of the year's cases, stories, or incidents. We encourage you to visit the Committee to Protect Journalists to learn more news, analysis, data, and research on injustices committed against journalists in 2014, and for suggestions on how to carry forth your activism in 2015. Additionally, you can review the entire PEN International 2014 Caselist here. 


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