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Tsitsi Dangarembga

Dangarembga was arrested for taking part in anti-corruption protests on July 31, 2020, and was released on bail the next day. She returned to court on charges of incitement… 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 … 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

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Kirill Serebrennikov

Playwright and theater director Serebrennikov was placed on house arrest in 2017 for embezzlement and was convicted on June 26, 2020. The court handed him a three-year suspended sentence… More

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Oleg Sentsov

After being arrested in Crimea, Ukrainian filmmaker was Sentsov given a 20-year sentence on terrorism charges in August 2015. Following 5 years in a Russian jail--including a hunger strike… More

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