Alaa Abd El Fattah | Status: Detained | Egypt

Alaa Abd El Fattah is an Egyptian activist, software developer, and blogger. After being sentenced to a month of jail in absentia, he received a five years sentence in… More

Liu Xia | Status: In Exile | China

Liu Xia, poet and artist, was married to the imprisoned poet, literary critic, former Independent Chinese PEN Center president, and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who passed away in July… More

Oleg Sentsov

Oleg Sentsov | Status: Released | Russia

Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director, was sentenced to 20 years in a Russian prison on charges of terrorism on August 25, 2015. PEN believes that the charges stem… More

Roman Sushchenko

Roman Sushchenko | Status: Released | Russia

Roman Sushchenko, a Ukrainian journalist, was detained in Moscow on September 30, 2016, on charges of espionage, and has since been detained in Lefortovo Prison. Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB)… More

Shahidul Alam

Shahidul Alam | Status: On Trial | Bangladesh

Shahidul Alam, photographer, journalist, and activist, is currently being detained for commenting about the student protests in Dhaka, Bangladesh. More

Nazli Ilicak

Nazlı Ilıcak | Status: Conditional Release | Turkey

Nazli Ilicak, a 72-year-old veteran journalist, former member of parliament, and avid supporter of democracy, was arrested as part of a crackdown following an attempted coup in July 2016.… More

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo | Status: Released | Myanmar

Prosecutors have charged the journalists with obtaining important and secret state documents relating to the crisis in Rakhine State, from which some 680,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled since August… More

Gao Yu | Status: Continued Harassment | China

Accused of leaking state secrets, Chinese investigative journalist Gao Yu is serving a 5-year prison sentence despite serious health concerns. For now, she has been released from jail because… More

Shiva Nazar Ahari | Status: Released | Iran

Shiva Nazar Ahari is an Iranian journalist, blogger, and human rights activist and former political prisoner. More