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Pen America applauds Congressional resolutions condemning book bans and affirming the right to free expression in schools

With free expression and the freedom to read being undermined in America’s schools, Congressman Jamie Raskin today introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives condemning the spread of book bans in schools nationwide, as Senator Brian Schatz leads a companion resolution in the U.S. Senate. PEN America commends the lawmakers’ efforts, which reaffirm […]

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New PEN America Report: 1,586 book bans and restrictions in 86 School Districts Across 26 States; Censors Target 1,145 Unique Book Titles

NEW YORK – The literary and free expression organization PEN America today released a new Index of School Book Bans and accompanying report, Banned in the USA, that documents the alarming spike in censorship of books in school districts across the country over the past nine months, with individual books and even whole categories of […]

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New PEN America Report Warns About Dangers of Educational Gag Orders

A wave of alarming legislative efforts to limit teaching and learning on topics including racism, sexism, and American history represent a censorious drive to impose viewpoint and content-based restrictions on freedom of speech and thought in American schools and universities, PEN America said in a report released today.  In the report, Educational Gag Orders: Legislative Restrictions on […]

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Federal court ruling in favor of PEN America is blow to Trump’s retaliation against media companies, journalists

New York, NY, March 24, 2020 — Today a federal court ruled against President Trump in a lawsuit that claims he has used government power to retaliate against media coverage and reporters he dislikes in violation of the First Amendment. Specifically, the court denied a government motion to dismiss the case and will allow it […]

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Suzanne Nossel, PEN America: Trump’s refusal to own up to his role in fanning racist and xenophobic violence is nothing short of deadly

New York, NY, Aug. 5, 2019 – This morning, in response to two deadly mass shootings, President Trump claimed “fake news” had contributed to “the anger and rage that has built up over many years.” In response, PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel issued the following statement. Sadly, this is a case where the metaphor ‘kill […]

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Serious Alarm Over Report FBI Has Asked U.S. College to Monitor Chinese Students

New York, July 1, 2019 – Reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reaching out to U.S. universities to urge monitoring of Chinese students and scholars raises serious concerns about privacy rights, racial profiling, and academic freedoms, PEN America said. Public reporting has revealed that FBI and other government officials have been advising American universities […]

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Trump Executive Order on “Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability” at Colleges Risks Chilling More Speech Than it Protects

NEW YORK, March 21, 2019—In response to President Trump signing an Executive Order entitled “Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities” including terms that deal with free speech and inquiry on campus, PEN America released the statement below: “PEN America has extensively documented and spoken out regarding our concerns about threats to free speech […]

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