(On September 3, 2013, in his review of the Derek Ahonen/Amoralist play ‘THE CHEATERS CLUB’, Bob Shuman discussed his fear of self-censorship, primarily among writers and artists, due to NSA surveillance–read that article here:


Now, a report from the Pen Center and the FDR Group confirm the contentions.) 

(Read the full PEN report: http://www.pen.org/sites/default/files/Chilling%20Effects_PEN%20American.pdf.)  

(Benjamin Fearnow article, below, appeared on CBS DC, 11/12.)

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – In the wake of revelations about intrusive government surveillance, many American authors are worrying about the freedom of the press and some simply are avoiding controversial topics.

A new report from the PEN Center and the FDR Group entitled “Chilling Effects: NSA Surveillance Drives U.S. Writers to Self-Censor” finds that 85 percent of surveyed writers are worried about government surveillance of Americans, and nearly three-quarters (73 percent) “have never been as worried about privacy rights and freedom of the press as they are today.”


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