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PEN Awards

Karl Ove Knausgård delivers his keynote address at the 14th Oxfam Novib/PEN Awards for Freedom of Expression. The Hague, January 2015.

PEN International Awards celebrate established writers from around the world who continue to promote freedom of expression in the face of persecution and danger and looks to provide a platform for young, emerging writers to share their voice.


Oxfam Novib/PEN Award for Freedom of Expression

PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee, the PEN Emergency Fund and Oxfam Novib each year give the Oxfam Novib/PEN International Free Expression Award to writers who continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution.

The award is given in recognitions of writers’ significant contribution to freedom of expression around the world and as a distinctions to writers and journalists committed to free speech despite the danger to their own lives.

The 2018 award winners were Eskinder Nega and Milagros Socorro. See our press release here.