Writers at Risk Database

Galal El-Behairy

Targeted for his lyrics in the protest song "Balaha" and a book of poetry entitled The Finest Women on Earth, El-Behairy was detained in March 2018 and tortured in… More

Writers at Risk Database

Alaa Abd El Fattah

Abd El Fattah, a pioneering technological activist and blogger, was arrested in 2014 for political organizing and served five years in prison until March 2019. He was re-arrested six… More

Writers at Risk Database

Ahmed Naji

Charged with ‘violating public modesty’ for sexual content in his novel The Use of Life, Naji served 10 months in prison in 2016. After a prolonged legal battle during… More

Writers at Risk Database

Fatima Naoot

Long famous for her politically-charged poetry, Naoot was sentenced to three years in prison in 2016 for defaming Islam in a Facebook post critical of the Eid al-Adha tradition… More

Writers at Risk Database

Abduljalil Al-Singace

Blogger and academic Al-Singace is serving a life sentence for his human rights activism. Suffering from post-polio syndrome, his health has severely declined during his detention. Despite his health,… 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