Des de 1922, defensem la llibertat d'expressió i els drets lingüístics, salvaguardem el patrimoni literari català i promovem el diàleg intercultural.
Since 2006, PEN Català has coordinated the Writers In Refuge Programme. This programme, with its roots in the Shelter Cities programme which was promoted by the International Parliament of Writers, aims to host a writer who is threatened, persecuted or at risk of being imprisoned as a consequence of their writing.
PEN Català promotes literary translation to overcome the linguistic barrier that prevents understanding between people and cultures. It works for both the promotion of Catalan literature in the world and to support the translation of universal literary works into Catalan. It is within this framework that the digital magazine Visat is published.
PEN is committed to the respect of all languages, and the protection and promotion of minority languages. PEN's central and guiding principles on linguistic rights are laid out in the Girona Manifesto, promoted by PEN Català.
PEN Català monitors human rights violations against writers, editors, translators and journalists around the world and organises campaigns to support them.
You can become a full member if you are a writer in any field, journalist, editor or translator and share the founding values of PEN.
If you are not a writer and want to join the defense of languages and freedom of expression, you can be part of the Circle of Friends of PEN.
Help us continue to defend language and freedom of expression.
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In 2010, PEN Català introduced the Veu Lliure Prize (Free Voice Prize), awarded to an author who has suffered imprisonment or persecution because of their writing. The award is presented annually, around 15th November, during the PEN commemoration week in the Balearic Islands, commemorating the Day of the Imprisoned Writer.
Normando Hernández González
Cuban writer and journalist
Journalist and writer in Tamazight
For his dedication to Tamazight language and culture and commitment to the Berber cause.
He has promoted theatre and a better understanding of Africa from a humanitarian and literary point of view.
Born in Nagaland and exiled in Norway since 2005 for the harassment and violence suffered in her country as a result of her writing.
Balearic Islands Teachers
For their perseverance against the Balearic Government through the actions of the Assemblea dels Docents (Teachers Assembly).
For his tireless defence of freedom and human rights, and his fight against injustice and the widespread lack of democracy in his country.
Ahmad Jalali Farahani
Iranian journalist, scriptwriter and director
The award-winner garnered attention for his courage in denouncing the censorship and persecution of journalists in Iran with his documentary “We Are Journalists”.
Turkish writer and activist
For her bravery, her firm commitment to the defence of human rights and freedom of expression , and for the quality of her body of literature.
Translator, editor and activist
She has dedicated her life to the defence of human rights and freedom of expression in her country.
Ramón Esono Ebalé
Cartoonist and activist
For his fight for freedom of expression in Guinea.
Journalist and writer
For his tireless fight for freedom of expression in Morocco
Writer and journalist
For his defense of human rights and of the Kurdish language and culture
Translator and writer
For her commitment to the defense of freedom of expression through translation work.
Graphic artist and writer
For her determination to show through his artistic production "other Russias" dissenting from the current governmental discourse.