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Freedom in a time of crisis

  • European Parliament – Room ASP A1G3 60 Rue Wiertz Bruxelles, 1047 Belgium (map)

ECF remains as resolute as ever in our dedication to freedom of expression and thought, and to supporting artists in difficult and challenging circumstances, across Europe and beyond. 
We are therefore happy to support the conference exploring freedom of expression challenges for writers around the world, "Freedom in a time of crisis", organised by PEN International in partnership with the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament.

Held at the European Parliament, Brussels, the event will see writers John Ralston Saul, President of PEN International; Josep Maria Terricabras, former Chair of the Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee of PEN International and current Vice-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the EP; Josef Haslinger, novelist and President of German PEN;Tahmima Anam, Bangladeshi novelist and journalist; Kamila Shamsie, British-Pakistani novelist; and Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Turkish-German writer, discussing freedom of expression in a time of crisis.


John Ralston Saul, President of PEN International
Josep Maria Terricabras, Ex-chair of the Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee of PEN International and Vice-president of the Greens/EFA Group in the EP
Josef Haslinger, Novelist and President of German PEN
Tahmima Anam, Bangladeshi novelist and journalist
Kamila Shamsie, British-Pakistani novelist
Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Turkish-German writer

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in EN, FR and DE

To register, please e-mail Josie O’Reilly at PEN International. Please note that IDs are required to enter the Parliament.