The Atlantic, PEN Hosting Free Expression Forum at Newseum

The PEN American Center, in conjunction with The Atlantic and Google is holding a forum on December 4th, moderated by The Atlantic‘s James Fallows to discuss the “challenges to freedom of expression in the digital age.” In light of all the recent stories of journalists being harassed by the federal government (see here, here, and here), this is pretty timely. The panelists include David Simon (HBO’s The Wire), E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime), Masha Gessen (The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin), and Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran), all of whom have experienced various degrees of government intrusion into their professional life.

Here are the deets:

WHO: PEN American Center, Google, and The Atlantic

WHAT: A forum to explore the rapidly changing environment for free expression

WHEN: December 4, 2013 at 4 pm

WHERE: The Knight Studio at the Newseum, C Street entrance, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Press wishing to attend must RSVP by email to Natalie Raabe (, Joanne Levine ( or Sarah Edkins ( This event will also be live streamed by The Atlantic.