Dmitry Glukhovsky

In June 2022, Glukhovsky was arrested in absentia for anti-war social media posts he made in May. Living in exile in Europe, in October 2022 he was placed on… More

Htun Zaw Win Wyne

Htun Zaw Win, also known as Wyne, is a screenwriter and director whose films have won multiple awards from the Myanmar Motion Picture Organization. His short film Ban That… More

Semiramis Babaei

Babaei is an award-winning dramatist, journalist, translator, and literary writer. Her work includes plays, literary criticism, theater criticism, and social satire for magazines. She was arrested at her home… More

Mohammad Rasoulof

In 2010, Rasoulof was arrested alongside fellow filmmaker Jafar Panahi, and received a six-year prison sentence for "propaganda"; it was later reduced to one year and he was released… More

Mostafa Aleahmad

On July 8, 2022, Aleahmad was arrested alongside filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof for “inciting unrest” and “disrupting the psychological safety of society.” He was released on bail after testing positive… More

Jafar Panahi

A prominent filmmaker, Panahi has long been subject to threats and his films banned. After a 2010 arrest with fellow filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, Panahi was sentenced to a six… More

Ali Ahmadzadeh

Iranian filmmaker and diretor Ahmadzadeh was arrested in Tehran on unknown charges on August 31, 2022. He was then released on September 3. He says that he is still… More

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

Noted author 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… More