Keyvan Bajan

Keyvan Bajan

Novelist-journalist Bajan was imprisoned on September 27, 2020 and sentenced to three-and-a-half years for his peaceful opposition of state censorship, leadership of the Iranian Writers’ Association, and commemoration of… More

Arash Ganji

Arash Ganji

Ganji, a writer, translator, and former secretary of the Iranian Writers Association, was arbitrarily detained for 29 days in late 2019. He was sentenced a year later to 11… More

Reza Khandan Mahabadi

Reza Khandan Mahabadi

Khandan Mahabadi, with two other board members of the Iranian Writers’ Association, was arrested in May 2019 for opposing state censorship. An appeals judge upheld Khandan Mahabadi’s six-year prison… More

Roland Marchal

French sociologist Dr. Marchal was detained in June 2019 when he traveled to Iran to visit his colleague Dr. Fariba Adelkhah. Both were charged with “collusion against national security”… More

Mohammad Bamm

Bamm, whose writing focuses on workers' rights, was detained in December 2017 and held incommunicado, unable to access lawyers or his family, and charged with anti-state propaganda. In 2018,… More

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Abdel-Halim Qandil

A prolific journalist whose work has been censored many times in the past decade, Qandil was jailed in December 2017 for comments he made in a TV interview criticizing… More

Karam Saber

Karam Saber

In June 2013, author and land rights activist Saber was sentenced to 5 years in prison for “contempt of religion” in connection with his 2010 collection of short stories,… More

Medhat Safwat

Safwat, who has written critically about fundamentalist groups’ strict interpretation of Islam, has faced verbal abuse and intimidation after each piece he has written. He was also formally admonished… More

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Kareem Amer

Known for the secular views expressed on his blog, Amer was sentenced to four years in prison for disparaging Islam and defaming the president in 2007. Upon his scheduled… More

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Mahmoud Zeid Shawkan

Shawkan was arrested while taking photos of the Rabaa Massacre in August 2013 and initially faced the death penalty due to a slew of arbitrary charges. While he was… More