Consortium News:ㅤChris Hedges: PEN America Self-Destructs

Consortium News:ㅤChris Hedges: PEN America Self-Destructs

26-03-24 04:07:00,

In May 2013 Hedges resigned from PEN America when it appointed former State Department official Suzanne Nossel to run it. A decade later, PEN America has become a propaganda arm of the state, including on Julian Assange.

Poison Pen by Mr. Fish.

By Chris Hedges

PEN America, once an important defender of rights for writers, editors and artists, has, under the direction of former State Department official Suzanne Nossel, abandoned its mission, destroyed its credibility and provoked a revolt among its members. 

Its refusal to condemn the genocide in Gaza and Israel’s targeted killings of writers, academics and journalists, has seen numerous writers withdraw from the annual PEN World Voices Festival in New York and Los Angeles, scheduled for April and May. 

PEN America has not only failed to denounce the genocide but provides platforms to Israelis who use racist and dehumanizing language to describe Palestinians. It blacklists those who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

PEN America functions as a propaganda arm for the Biden administration and Ukrainian government — including the banning of Russian writers from a PEN event last May. It has repeated false accusations against Julian Assange and refused to classify him as a journalist.  

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