The PEN Award for Freedom of Expression is given in recognitions of writers’ significant contribution to freedom of expression around the world and as a distinction to writers and journalists committed to free speech despite the danger to their own lives.
Formerly known as the Oxfam Novib/PEN Award for Freedom of Expression, the award was originally given in as a collaboration of PEN International, the PEN Emergency Fund and Oxfam Novib. It has been given to writers who continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution since 2005. This year, PIP The Hague (People in Print) will support the Award.
‘This award is not only our way of honouring courageous writers and journalists who continue to fight for freedom of expression at great personal risk, it is also a way of telling those who seek to silence them that the world is watching.’ – Carles Torner, PEN International Executive Director.
Stella Nyanzi (Uganda)
Read PEN's announcement of the 2020 winner.
Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua)
Roberto Saviano (Italy)
Dareen Tatour (Palestinian citizen of Israel)
Read PEN's announcement of the 2019 winners.
Eskinder Nega (Ethiopia)
Milagros Socorro (Venezuela)
To read PEN’s announcement of the 2018 winners click here.
Malini Subramaniam (India)
To read PEN’s announcement of the 2017 winners click here.
Amanuel Asrat (Eritrea), poet, writer and editor-in-chief
Can Dündar (Turkey), writer and journalist
Omar Hazek (Egypt), poet and writer
To read PEN’s announcement of the 2016 winners click here.
Razan al-Maghrabi (Libya), writer and journalist
Jila Bani-Yaghoub (Iran), journalist and women’s rights activist
Bahman Ahmadi-Amouee (Iran), journalist
Abdelmoneim Rahama (Sudan), poet, writer, journalist
To read PEN’s announcement of the 2015 winners click here.
Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim (Somalia), freelance journalist
Oksana Chelysheva (Russia), journalist, activist
Dina Meza (Honduras), journalist, activist
To read PEN’s announcement of the 2014 winners click here.
Samar Yazbek (Syria), writer and journalist
Enoh Meyomesse (Cameroon) writer, activist
Nargess Mohammadi (Iran), journalist activist
Deo Namujimbo (Congo), journalist
Busra Ersanli (Turkey), writer, academic
To read PEN’s announcement of the 2013 winners click here.
Asieh Amini (Iran), journalist, blogger and activist
Jesús Lemus Barajas (Mexico), journalist and writer
Mikhail Bekhetof (Russia), journalist
Rachid Nini (Morocco), newspaper editor
Alhaj Warrag and Abdul Moniem Suleman (Sudan), newspaper founder/editor; and columnist (respectively)
Andrei Nekrasov (Russia), film and journalist
Sakit Zahidov (Azerbaijan), journalist and poet
Nedim Şener (Turkey), journalist
J.S. Tissainayagam (Sri Lanka), journalist
Chi Dang (Vietnam), writer
Maziar Bahari (Iranian-Canadian), journalist
Irakli Kakabadze (Georgia), writer
Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge (Sri Lanka), journalist
Daniel Coronell (Colombia), columnist
Dejan Anastasijevic (Serbia), journalist
Pierre Roger Lambo Sanjo (Cameroon), writer
Christopher Mlalazi and Raisedon Baya (Zimbabwe), playwrights
Maung Thura and Saw Wei (Burma), poets
Fatou Jaw Manneh (Gambia), journalist
Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus), writer
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (Mexico), writer
Ekbal Baraka Ekbal (Egypt)
Simon Mol (Poland), journalist
Andrei Dynko (Belarus)
Roya Toloui (Iran/Kurdistan)
Faraj Bayrakdar (Syria)
Hrant Dink (Turkey)
Sihem Bensedrine (Tunisia), journalist and human rights activist
Neziha Rejiba (Turkey), journalist and editor
Sarah Mkhonza (Swaziland), novelist and columnist
Claudia Anthony (Sierra Leone), journalist and editor
Duong Thu Huong (Vietnam), novelist
Du Daobin (China)
Wajeha Al-Huwaider (Saudi Arabia)
Irene Fernandez (Malaysia)
Anna Politkovskaya (Russia)
Zohair Yahyaoui (Tunisia)
Ragip Zarakolu (Turkey)
Jiang Qisheng (China)
Saâda Omar (Algeria)
Saul Paul (Sierra Leone)
Tamba Mbetoka Allieu (Sierra Leone)
Tohti Tunyaz (China)
Said Eddin Ibrahim (Egypt)
Esmet Qaney (Afghanistan)
Siamak Pourzand (Iran)
Philip Njaru (Cameroon)
Mehrangiz Kar (Iran)
San San Nwe (Birma)
Nizar Nayyuf (Syria)