"If you seek the removal of freedoms from an opponent simply on the grounds that they have offended you, you have crossed a line to stand alongside tyrants who impression, torture and kill on exactly the same justification."
Rowling made her comments while accepting the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award for her work in support of "free expression and access to literature and ideas for children, as well as incarcerated people, the learning-disabled, and women and girls worldwide," according to PEN America.
Her acceptance speech focused on the importance of free speech, a topic that has come up frequently since she wrote the incredibly popular and at times controversial Harry Potter series.
She ended her comments with a call to free Tal Al-Mallouhi, a woman who was arrested by Syrian forces in 2009 for posts made to her blog. She was 18 years old at the time and remains jailed.
"I repeat the beautiful plea for plurality, tolerance and the importance of rational discourse in the hope that Tal Al-Mallouhi will soon be freed," she said. "In the meantime, long may PEN continue to fight for her, and for the freedoms on which a liberal society rests, without which no literature can have value."