Writers at Risk Database

Doğan Akhanli

A writer specializing in genocide studies, Akhanli has been arrested and imprisoned several times for his work on the Armenian Genocide. In 1991, he fled Turkey for Germany where,… More

Writers at Risk Database

Can Dündar

In 2015, Dündar was arrested and detained after a criminal complaint from President Erdoğan accused him of publishing a fabricated story that violated confidentiality. Released on a Supreme Court… More

Writers at Risk Database

Büşra Ersanli

In June 2018, Ersanli was convicted on terrorism charges for her endorsement of a petition, organized by a group called Academics for Peace, criticizing military violence against the Kurds.… More

Naji Jerf

A filmmaker known for his work exposing the realities of the Syrian Civil War, Jerf was killed by ISIS militants in Gaziantep, Turkey in December 2015. Prior to his… More

Writers at Risk Database

Mehmet Osman Kavala

Kavala, a prominent philanthropist and publisher, was reportedly setting up a cultural center aiming to integrate Syrian refugees into the local community when he was detained on anti-terrorism charges… More

Writers at Risk Database

Sevan Nişanyan

Nişanyan was imprisoned in 2012 for a blog entry he wrote criticizing government attempts to ban criticism of the Prophet Muhammad. However, in July 2017, he escaped from prison… More

Nedim Türfent

Kurdish reporter and poet Türfent was arrested in May 2016 and sentenced to 8 years in prison on terrorism charges. During pretrial interrogations, he was tortured and forced to… More

Deniz Zarakolu

The son of human rights activists, Zarakolu was first arrested in 2002 for a speech he gave at his mother’s funeral. In 2011, he was arrested again in a… More

Abdullah Kılıç

Police detained Kılıç in July 2016 in the direct aftermath of the failed coup against the government of President Erdogan. Kılıç, a columnist, was accused of being a follower… More

Emre Orman

On October 23, 2019, Orman was arrested after posting criticism of Turkey's invasion of southwestern Kurdistan on social media. After being charged with spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization,… More