Chen Yu

Chen is the owner of 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… More

Khaled Lofty

Lofty was arrested and imprisoned on charges of false news and divulging military secrets for translating and distrbuting 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 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. Since September 2019 he is jailed facing possible extradition to the U.S., including on… More

Writers at Risk Database

Mehmet Osman Kavala

Kavala, a prominent philanthropist and publisher, was reportedly setting up a cultural center aiming to integrate Syrian refugees into the local community when he was detained on anti-terrorism charges… More

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 lives in… More

Abd Al-Akram Al-Sakka

On July 15, 2011, Abd Al-Akram Al-Sakka was arrested from his home without a warrant. His whereabouts and the conditions of his detention are unknown. Al-Sakka was last seen… More

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