Less Than Mighty Pen

I’ve been looking at the home page of PEN, an “association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship” (emphasis added).

There’s not a word about the Danish cartoons, the violent protests, the threats to journalists and to freedom of the press inherent in this controversy.

Instead, the first item under “Get Involved” is: PEN Goes to Court to Challenge Patriot Act Exclusions of Foreign Scholars.

Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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