Independent Chinese PEN Center

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The Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC) "is a non-political, non-profit organization of writers that fights for the protection of freedom of expression and publication, and works toward ensuring the free flow of information, a prerequisite for a truly open society.

"Founded in 2001 by a group of Chinese writers in exile and in China, ICPC is primarily concerned with the rights of Chinese language writers throughout the world. ICPC is an official affiliate of International PEN, the global association of writers dedicated to freedom of expression and the defense of writers suffering governmental repression. Through the world-wide PEN network and its own membership base in China and abroad, ICPC is able to mobilize international attention to the plight of writers and editors within China attempting to write and publish with a spirit of independence and integrity, regardless of their political views, ideological standpoint or religious beliefs." [1]