PEN International was founded in London in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere, emphasize the role of literature in developing understanding, stand for freedom of expression and act as a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, silenced, imprisoned and sometimes killed for their views. Continue reading

Briefings on the Eighth Congress of ICPC and Its Administration Change

Never Ever Put Our Pens Down

Briefings on the Eighth Congress of ICPC and Its Administration Change

ICPC Secretariat

(May 2nd, 2018)

From March 28 to April 9, 2018, the Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC) held the eighth congress of its membership assembly in its online community. 115 of its 213 voting members were recorded to attend the congress. The membership assembly held four sessions, amended the “Charter of Independent Chinese PEN Center” and the “Independent Chinese PEN Center’s Rules of Procedure of Membership Assembly”, and approved the work report and financial report submitted by the Board of Directors. The Membership Assembly reelected the board of directors according to its Charter. Among 12 candidates, 9 were elected as board members. They are Mr. WANG Jinbo, Ms. Tienchi MARTIN-LIAO, Ms. GAO Yu, Mr. ZHAO Shiying, Mr. HE Depu, Ms. QI Jiazhen, Mr. LI Hai, Ms. LIU Di and Mr. DU Daobin. Among them, seven are based in China. It is worth mentioning that Ms. GAO Yu, a famous dissident who had been jailed three times for freedom of speech, Mr. HE Depu and Mr. WANG Jinbo who were jailed due to founding the Democratic Party of China in the 1990s, have brought in new blood to the Board of Directors. Mr. PAN Yongzhong and Mr. XU Yonghai were elected as alternate board members. Continue reading

PEN International Letter to ICPC President Tienchi Martin-Liao



Xu Zhiyong1Pen name               

Sex                               Male

Birth date                1973-03-02

Birth place              Minquan County, Shangqiu City, Henan Province

Resident place         Beijing City Continue reading

257. ZHANG Jialong

Name                       ZHANG Jialong

Sex                             Male

Birth date               1988-05-22

Birth place             Guiyang City, Guizhou Province

Resident place     Guiyang City, Guizhou Province

Education              Graduate from Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Profession              Freelance journalist, blogger, and former editor at Tencent Finance

Date of arrest          2019-08-12 (taken away), 2019-08-13 (detention),  2019-09-13 (arrest)

Organ of arrest       Public Security Bureau of Guiyang City, Guizhou Province

Cause of arrest        The indictment accused that Zhang Jialong had slandered the images of the Chinese Communist Party, the country, and the government through posting a lot of false information on Twitter since 2016.

Charge                         Suspicion of Picking quarrels and provoking trouble

Date of sentence    2020-05-13 (hearing)

Organ of sentence  People’s Court of Nanming District, Guiyang City

Sentence                      not yet

Defender                      lawyer YAN Xin

Place of jail                 Detention Center of Nanming District, Guiyang City,

Situation in jail        Unknown

Date of release         not yet

Family contact        

Donation to

Case adopted by     ICPC

Current Status        Main case


256. Zhang Guiqi

Name                      Zhang Guiqi

Penname               Lu Yang

Sex                              Male

Birth date                1971-01-04

Birth place             Xin County, Shangdong Province Continue reading

255. Chen Jieren

Name                       Chen Jieren

Penname                Xiao Shan

Sex                             Male

Birth date               1970-04-12

Birth place             Shuangfeng County, Hunan Province

Resident place     Chenzhou City, Hunan Province

Education              Bachelor of Laws, Tsinghua University (2001)

Profession             President of Hualin Management Consulting Co., Ltd., Beijing City, freelance writer and journalist, former civil servant and reporter Continue reading


liu-yanliPen name                Zhuaizhuai Reappearing
Sex                               Female

Birth date                1975-06-01

Birth place              Jingmen City, Hubei Province

Resident place       Dongbao District, Jingmen City, Hubei Province

Education                 Colleage Continue reading


Xie fengxiaPenname                      XIE Wenfei

Sex                                    Male

Birth date                   1977-04-07

Birth place                  Chenzhou City, Hunan Province

Resident place          Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province Continue reading

254. Chen Qiushi

Name                      Chen Qiushi


Sex                              Male

Birth date                1985-09-19

Birth place            Daxinganling area, Heilongjiang Province

Resident place      Beijing City

Education               Graduate from Law School at Heilongjiang University (2007)

Profession            Citizen journalist, video blogger, former lawyer at Beijing Longan Law Firm Continue reading

253. Tan Yongpei

Name                      Tan Yongpei


Sex                              Male

Birth date                1969-09-12

Birth place             Nanning City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Resident place      Nanning City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Education               Graduate from Statistics Major at Guangxi School of Finance and Economics Continue reading