Writers at Risk Database

Irakli Kordzaia

Kordzaia has spoken out against extrajudicial murders and corruption for nearly a decade. In 2017, Kordzaia fled Tbilisi due to unrelenting and escalating persecution by domestic authorities; he had… More

Nedim Yasar

On November 20, 2018, Yasar died after he was shot leaving the launch of his memoir Roots on his life as the founder of a gang who left in… More

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Ante Tomić

In November 2019, Tomić, a writer and journalist, was ordered to pay 15,000 HRK (US$ 4,300) in psychological damages, plus legal fees, to the Minister of Culture after publishing… 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

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Khadija Ismayilova

Ismayilova has long been targeted for her investigative reporting on government corruption. She was detained in December 2014 and later convicted of retaliatory charges, including tax evasion. In May… 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 Rashad Hagigat Agaaddin

Well-known for his anti-government writing, Ramazanov has been jailed multiple times on retaliatory charges. In May 2022, he was arrested for “drug trafficking,” which he denies and claims are… More

Rafiq Taği

Rafiq Taği died in 2011 days after a stabbing attack, possibly connected to his article critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that was published a week prior. In 2015, the… More

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Arif Yunus

Yunus was sentenced in 2015 on retaliatory charges of financial fraud. He was conditionally released after 4 months in prison due to health concerns, and granted the ability to… More