Enver Aysever

Enver Aysever

A sociologist and former columnist for the independent newspaper Cumhuriyet, Aysever was arrested in March 2021 for "provoking the public to hatred and hostility” by tweeting a political cartoon… More

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, was arrested after standing in solidarity with and serving as a “guest editor” for Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish newspaper that… More

Yavuz Ekinci

Yavuz Ekinci

Yavuz Ekinci is an online commentator and award-winning literary writer whose work focuses on the situation of the Kurdish minority in Turkey. His tweets in support for the Kurdish… More

Mustafa Sönmez

Economist and columnist Mustafa Sönmez was arrested in April 2019 and charged with "insulting the president" regarding tweets he posted calling President Erdoğan “the chief of a thief gang”… More

Nurcan Kaya

Nurcan Kaya

A columnist, lawyer, and human rights defender, Kaya’s work focuses on women’s rights, education, and peaceful protests. In September 2021, she was convicted on propaganda charges based on a… More

Oktay Candemir

Candemir is a freelance journalist who writes pro-Kurdish opinion columns for news website Nupel. He has been prosecuted 25 times in the last two years on a range of… More

Ruhi Karadağ

Ruhi Karadağ is a journalist turned writer/TV producer who was targeted for his book Yarali Yonca. Karadağ was arrested at the airport on March 24, 2021, after being exiled… More

Gökhan Yavuzel

Gökhan Yavuzel

Yavuzel is a Kurdish author, columnist, and political commentator living in exile in the UK. In July 2021, he appeared on a leaked hit-list of Turkish dissidents living abroad,… More

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