Writers at Risk Database

Hrant Dink

In January 2007, Dink was murdered in Istanbul by a 17-year-old Turkish nationalist with the help of police. Prior to his death, Dink was an outspoken critic of Türkiye’s… More

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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

Novelist and occasional 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… More

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Nazli Ilıcak

In 2018, columnist Ilıcak was given a life sentence for “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order” and terrorism. Her verdict was later overturned and she was released. In December… More

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Ertuğrul Mavioğlu

Veteran journalist Mavioğlu was sentenced in 2019 to nearly 5 years in prison for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” after screening Bakur, a film he co-directed with Çayan Demirel,… More

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Ahmet Nesin

Nesin, a writer involved in free expression issues in Türkiye, was arrested after standing in solidarity with and serving as a 'guest editor' for Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish newspaper… More

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Erol Önderoğlu

Önderoğlu, a journalist, 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 newspaper… More