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American writers are self-censoring, PEN survey finds

PEN America, a nonprofit that works to advance freedom of expression and speech in literature, has released a disturbing survey that finds American writers are not just increasingly worried about government surveillance as a result of the NSA -- but also engaging in self-censorship. Out of the 528 PEN members who responded to the survey, "Fully 85% are worried about government surveillance of Americans, and 73% of writers have never been as worried about privacy rights and freedom of the press as they are today." Writers are also ""self-censoring their work and their online activity due to their fears that commenting on, researching, or writing about certain issues will cause them harm," the survey finds, on topics such as "military affairs, the Middle East North Africa region, mass incarceration, drug policies, pornography, the Occupy movement, the study of certain languages, and criticism of the U.S. government":

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