World Press Freedom Day 2017
Former Director, PEN International
Sara Whyatt is a campaigner and researcher on freedom of expression and human rights, notably for PEN International for over 20 years (1990-2013), and previously for Amnesty International. At PEN she worked with its global membership of writers based in over 100 countries mobilising its campaigns for writers at risk as well as on thematic issues, gaining the organisation great respect in the field. In April 2013 she left PEN to become a freelance consultant, working on projects for Freemuse, Culture Action Europe, PEN, UNESCO, as well as other organisations. With a special interest in Turkey developed during her years at PEN, Sara Whyatt has worked with NGOS in Turkey and outside, assisting in advocacy with the United Nations Council on Human Rights, and advising on promotion of artistic freedom. She has recently developed a tool kit for the Arts Rights Justice network of Culture Action Europe, and is working on UNESCO’s 2017 report on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultures, focusing on freedom of artistic expression.