Writers at Risk Database

Avijit Roy

A prominent secular writer and blogger, Roy was known as a founder of the popular rationalist blog Mukto-mona. On February 26, 2015, he was murdered by machete-wielding assailants at… More

Abdelhamid Amine Nime

Cartoonist Amine, best known as Nime, was arrested in December 2019 after posting caricatures critical of the military in the weeks preceding a controversial presidential election. He was released… More

Abdullah Benaoum

Benaoum has been repeatedly arrested since 2018 for criticizing the government both online and via protests. Arrested in late 2019, Benaoum was sentenced to multiple charges extending his imprisonment.… More

Abdelmoundji Khelladi

Khelladi publishes his writing about politics online and in independent outlets. He was covering a protest when officers arrested him on October 7, 2019, holding him in detention for… More

Writers at Risk Database

Mohammed Benchicou

Former director of daily newspaper Le Matin, Benchicou was arrested in 2003 on pretense of a currency violation. Though released in 2006, he was forced to shutter his newspaper… More

Writers at Risk Database

Rafael Marques de Morais

Anti-corruption writer Marques has faced threats for over twenty years. Changes in Angola’s political leadership have led to more support for Marques’ writing; however, incumbent politicians continue harbor resentment… More

Writers at Risk Database

Akram Aylisli

Aylisi has been subject to a government-sanctioned public harassment campaign since the publication of his novella Stone Dreams in 2012. He is currently on trial for charges of 'hooliganism'… More

Rashad Ramazanov

Author Ramazanov has been jailed multiple times on retaliatory charges. In May 2022, he was arrested for “drug trafficking,” which he claims is in response to his Facebook posts.… More