Deniz Yücel

Deniz Yücel

Columnist Deniz Yücel was wrongfully subjected to pre-trial detention—including nine months of solitary confinement and torture in Istanbul’s Siliviri prison—and then indicted in 2018 with producing “terrorism propaganda,” and… More

Chen Yu Zhang Xiaomai

Chen owns an online book retailer that sells foreign-published Christian books to readers living in China. In September 2019, he was detained in Linhai city on suspicion of “illegal… More

Khaled Lofty

Lofty was arrested and imprisoned on charges of false news and divulging military secrets for translating and distributing The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, a book by… More

Geng Xiaonan

Publisher and political activist Geng, and her husband Qin Zhen, were detained in September 2020 on charges of “running an illegal business” operation following Geng’s public support of writer-scholar… More

Amin El-Mahdy

El-Mahdy, a writer and publisher, was arrested on September 9, 2020 because of a Facebook post calling the Egyptian President “a murderer, traitor, coward, and thief.” He was released… More

Dmitry Strosev

Dmitry Strotsev

Dmitry Strotsev publishes poetry as a preserver of the “Minsk school of poetry” and has written poetry about the August 2020 Belarusian election and subsequent violence of protesters. On… More

Julian Assange

Assange, publisher of WikiLeaks, was imprisoned in the U.K. in 2019 for violating bail terms. He faces imminent extradition to the U.S. where he has been indicted on multiple… More

Writers at Risk Database

Mehmet Osman Kavala

A noted philanthropist and publisher whose work focused on promoting inter-cultural understanding, Kavala was setting up a cultural center for Syrian refugees when he was detained on terrorism charges… More

Ayşe Nur Zarakolu

Ayşe Nur Zarakolu

Founder of the Freedom to Publish Commission, Zarakolu was a pioneering female figure in Turkey's literary world. A political essayist herself, she was arrested over 30 times for her… More

Ragıp Zarakolu

Zarakolu is a veteran free expression activist and publisher against book bans, resulting in a catalog of indictments against him dating back to the early 1970s. He has lived… More