Omoyele Sowore

Omoyele Sowore, a political activist and journalist, was arrested and detained by police on January 2, 2021 during a candlelight procession he had organized against bad governance in Nigeria.… More

Godwin Agbroko

Agbroko, editorial board chairman of This Day and longtime news editor was arrested for his work in 1995 and 1996. He was released in 1997 within weeks of receiving… More

Writers at Risk Database

Chido Onumah

Author, human rights activist, and journalist Onumah was briefly arrested and detained by the Nigerian Department of State Security (DSS) in September 2019 without explanation of the offense. He… More

Writers at Risk Database

Ogaga Ifowodo

Poet Ifowodo was arrested in November 1997 returning from the Commonwealth Summit in Scotland, where he appealed for stronger sanctions against then-President Sani Abacha. He was held in solitary… More

Belarusian protesters in background; on top: “I Support PEN Belarus” and PEN America logo

Our sister organization PEN Belarus has spent years uplifting writers and supporting the freedom to write. Now, the government is trying to shut them down. Show your support and tell them they’re not alone.