Li Guibao Fat Pig Full Circle Lao Li

After criticizing the government for its handling of COVID-19, playwright and blogger Li was detained in April 2020 and was later sentenced to one year in prison for “picking… More

Joao Paolo Cuenca

João Paulo Cuenca

In response to a satirical tweet involving President Jair Bolsonaro, writer and filmmaker Cuenca has faced over 140 targeted and costly lawsuits from state officials and religious leaders, demanding… More

Tsitsi Danngarembga

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Dangarembga was arrested for taking part in anti-corruption protests in July 2020 and was released on bail the next day. She appeared at least 25 times in court on… More

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Eşber Yağmurdereli

Blind human rights activist Yağmurdereli has spent nearly 20 years in prison on various charges related to comments about Turkey's human rights abuses. Most recently, he was arrested in… More

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Ekrem Dumanli

The former editor-in-chief of the popular Turkish newspaper Zaman, Dumanli was arrested in December 2014 in a crackdown on journalists associated with the Gülenist movement. Although he was released… More

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Malaka Dewapriya

Playwright and filmmaker Dewapriya was reportedly interrogated by police for four hours in October 2019 after a Buddhist monk accused him of distorting Buddhist terminology in his radio series… More

Zaki Cordillo

Playwright and key figure in the Puppet Theatre, Cordillo was arrested with his son in Damascus on August 11, 2012. He is reportedly detained for his writing on Syria,… More

Adnan Zarra’ai

Playwright and scriptwriter Zarra’ai was reportedly arrested in February 2012 and was detained incommunicado in the State Security Detention Centre in Damascus. His rib was reportedly broken by torture.… More

Warsame Shire Awale

Poet, playwright, radio actor, and singer-songwriter Awale was shot near his house in Mogadishu in October 2012. He had received threats for comments he made about gunmen targeting civilians,… More

Matsemela Manaka

Manaka was an artist, poet, and playwright who was honored with the first PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award in 1987, and funded a playwright workshop for young authors… More