Writers at Risk Database

Zehra Doğan

In July 2016, Doğan was arrested for creating a painting of Turkish city Nusaybin bombarded by state security forces. In 2017, she was sentenced to nearly three years in… More

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Aslı Erdoğan

A columnist for pro-Kurdish Özgür Gündem, Erdoğan was detained after the 2016 coup attempt. Conditionally released four months later, she escaped to Germany. In February 2020, she was formally… More

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Şebnem Korur Fincanci

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

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Nazli Ilıcak

In 2018, Ilıcak was sentenced to life in prison for “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order”; this politically-motivated verdict was later overturned. She also received a nine-year sentence on… More

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Ertuğrul Mavioğlu

Veteran journalist Mavioğlu was sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” after screening Bakur, a film he co-directed with Çayan Demirel, in a… More

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Ahmet Nesin

Nesin, a writer and journalist involved in free expression issues in Turkey, was arrested after standing in solidarity with and serving as a ‘guest editor’ for Özgür Gündem, a… More

Writers at Risk Database

Erol Önderoğlu

Önderoğlu, a free expression activist and correspondent for Reporters Without Borders, was arrested after standing in solidarity with and serving as a ‘guest editor’ for Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish… More

İnan Altın Grup Yorum

Altın is a member of activist collective and band Grup Yorum. Since the band’s inception, its critical songs have angered the Turkish government and members have faced serious threats.… More