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PEN stands for the principle of unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations, and members pledge themselves to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression in the country and community to which they belong, as well as throughout the world wherever this is possible. PEN declares for a free press and opposes arbitrary censorship in time of peace. It believes that the necessary advance of the world towards a more highly organised political and economic order renders a free criticism of governments, administrations and institutions imperative. And since freedom implies voluntary restraint, members pledge themselves to oppose such evils of a free press as mendacious publication, deliberate falsehood and distortion of facts for political and personal ends.

~ Excerpted from The Charter of PEN International

The Charter of PEN International has guided, unified and inspired its members for – in 2021– a century.

YOUR Center: San Miguel PEN, is one of the 145 centers of PEN International.

We work to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers everywhere, fight for freedom of expression and represent the conscience of world literature.

We are a unique Center, established in 1979, for English-speaking writers in Latin America in hopes of unifying the English and Spanish linguistic communities within PEN. San Miguel PEN promotes the Spanish language in all its work.

In Mexico, our journalists are murdered for writing the truth: and supporting their families, calling attention to this travesty globally, is our constant mission.

Right now, as the COVID-19 Crisis crescendos world round, the journalists in Latin and Central America are at especially DIRE risk. In Nicaragua, the President, Daniel Ortega, like Bolsonaro in Brazil, is a Covid denier; journalists are literally perishing of the disease he pretends is not there. Burials take place at night…

Through the Violeta B. Chamorro Foundation, and PEN Nicaragua, we have been able to financially assist the families of these journalists.

In Perú, 58 journalists have died of the virus, due there, mainly to poverty and lack of medical assistance. We are discussing ways to be of service there.

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