António Aly Silva

Freelance journalist and editor of the blog Dictatorship of Consensus, António Aly Silva is a strong critic of President Úmaro Sissoco Embaló and the current regime. He was detained… More

Mohamed Cheikh ould Mohamed Mkhaïtir

In 2014, Mkhaïtr was sentenced to death for writing an article, in which he argued that Muaritania’s caste system was not justified by the teachings of the prophet Mohammed.… More

Hajooj Kuka

In August 2020, authorities raided a cultural center in Khartoum where Kuka and other artists were rehearsing a play at a threater workshop, following a reported noise complaint. Kuka,… More

Zechariah Makuach Maror

Maror, a columnist in several local dailies, was arrested on April 18, 2020 for accusations of defamation in his writing and social media posts criticizing South Sudan’s Ministry of… More

Omoyele Sowore

Omoyele Sowore, a political activist and journalist, was arrested and detained by police on January 2, 2021 during a candlelight procession he had organized against bad governance in Nigeria.… More

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Rukirabashaija was arrested twice for two books: The Greedy Barbarians, seen as a critique of President Museveni; and Banana Republic, on his being tortured in jail. Detained nearly two… More

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Tsitsi Dangarembga

Dangarembga was arrested for taking part in anti-corruption protests on July 31, 2020, and was released on bail the next day. She returned to court on charges of incitement… More

Hopewell Chin’ono

Chin’ono was detained in July 2020 for almost six weeks after he published his investigations into state corruption. He has since been arrested and detained on several spurious charges,… More

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Hachalu Hundessa

Musician and activist Hundessa was shot and killed in Addis Ababa on June 29, 2020. His death sparked widespread unrest in the country, in which hundreds were killed. Alleged… More

Writers at Risk Database

Eskinder Nega

Eskinder served over 6 years of an 18-year sentence for criticizing mass arrests of journalists and activists. Released with amnesty but re-arrested a month later, he was ultimately released… More

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