Writers at Risk Database

Rezaul Karim Siddique

On April 23, 2016, Siddique was murdered by Islamic militants. While his death by machete was similar to other secular bloggers, Siddique was not publicly critical of Islam and… More

Writers at Risk Database

Shahzahan Bachchu

On June 11, 2018, extremists murdered secular writer Bachchu in a drive-by shooting. Three of the four suspects were later killed in police shootouts, but the legal case is… More

Writers at Risk Database

Faisal Arefin Deepan

Deepan, a publisher of secular books, was stabbed to death by extremists in 2015. In late 2019, eight militants were indicted in a murder case filed on Deepan’s behalf,… More

Writers at Risk Database

Muhammad Zafar Iqbal

In 2018 Dr. Iqbal was stabbed by an anti-secular extremist after receiving multiple death threats. Iqbal recovered and one of his attackers received life in prison while another received… More

Matiur Rahman

Matiur Rahman

Rahman faces continued harassment for his journalistic work and ownership of Prothom Alo. He has faced at least 55 defamation charges since 2016, notably one related to his caricature… More

Shafik Rehman

Shafik Rehman

Rehman was arrested without warrant in April 2016 in connection with a plot to kidnap and murder the prime minister’s son. An active member of the political opposition, he… More

Henry Sawpon

Sawpon was arrested for hurting religious sentiments on May 14, 2019 and was released on bail one day later. He is still awaiting trial. More

Alejandro Salazar Al-Azar

An artist and illustrator, Salazar had been a regular contributor to local Bolivian newspaper La Razón. Following a series of threats and attacks in response to his critical political… More

Carlos Valverde Bravo

Valverde has been the target of harassment and dismissal from posts at national news outlets for his coverage of government corruption. Despite reprisal for his reporting, Valverde continues to… More

Zoran Mutić

A prominent translator who protested the rise of Serbian nationalism during the Balkan Wars, Mutić fled Sarajevo in 1992, just before the siege of the Bosnian capital by the… More