Hany Babu

Hany Babu

A professor of English literature and language, Babu faces charges of “propagating” communist activities, Maoist ideologies, and plotting anti-state attacks as part of the baseless Bhima Koregaon crackdown on… More

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

In late December 2021, novelist Rukirabashaija was detained for a month on charges of “offensive communication” over tweets criticizing President Museveni and his son. After his release, he fled… More

Nguyen Tuong Thuy

Nguyen Tuong Thuy

Nguyen is a blogger, writing about civil rights and free speech online, and a member of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam. He was detained on May 23, 2020… More

Uladzimir Liankevich

A project manager at PEN Belarus, Liankevich was detained at a peaceful protest in Minsk on September 8, 2020, after the election of Aleksander Lukashenka. He was sentenced during… More

Yang Hengjun

Yang Hengjun

Chinese-born Australian writer Yang was seized by Chinese authorities during a visit to China in January 2019. Held incommunicado and interrogated for nearly two years, he was formally charged… More

Writers at Risk Database

Fariba Adelkhah

French-Iranian anthropologist Adelkhah was detained in June 2019 while visiting Iran to conduct research. In May 2020, she was sentenced to six years on propaganda and national security charges.… More

Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy

In October 2019, police arrested Murthy on charges of treason and attempted murder based on allegations from 1994. This was believed to be because of his criticism of the… More

Mushtaq Ahmed

Writer Ahmed was arrested alongside ten people under the Digital Security Act for writing online about the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. After nearly 11 months in detention,… More

Shimaa Samy

After writing critically of the government's detention of political prisoners on the news website Darb, Samy was abducted in Alexandria by security forces on May 20, 2020 and held… More

Ahmed Kabir Kishore

Cartoonist Kishore was arrested with 10 other defendants in May 2020 for criticizing the government’s response to COVID-19 in an online cartoon series “Life in the Time of Corona.”… More