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PEN American Center announces Freedom to Write Fellowship

Want to bring international attention to 2010's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, or make an impact at the UN Human Rights Council? PEN American Center is seeking an experienced free expression advocate for its brand new Freedom to Write Fellowship, a full-time, 18-month position helping to expand its Freedom to Write programme.

The new Freedom to Write fellow, made possible with funding from the Ford Foundation, will help PEN expand these successful initiatives by: supporting PEN centres in countries with acute free expression challenges; defending freedom of expression and core human rights values in the U.S.; and enhancing PEN's impact on the human rights work of the UN and other intergovernmental organisations.

"The Freedom to Write programme is the spinal column of PEN's identity, and to have this new position carrying into our 90th year with the support of the Ford Foundation is a great encouragement to all of us at PEN," said Steven Isenberg, executive director of PEN American Center.

PEN's Freedom to Write programme defends writers and journalists from all over the world who are imprisoned, threatened, persecuted, or attacked in the course of carrying out their profession.

Find out here if you have what it takes to be the first fellow.

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