Writers at Risk Database

Fariba Adelkhah

French-Iranian anthropologist Adelkhah was detained on June 2019 after conducting research on women in Iran. In May 2020, she was sentenced to six years on propaganda and national security… More

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Tsitsi Dangarembga

Dangarembga was arrested while taking part in anti-corruption protests on July 31, 2020. The Booker-shortlisted author was released on bail the following day but returned to court on September… More

Hopewell Chin’ono

Security agents arrested Chin’ono from his home on July 20, 2020, after he recently published investigations into state corruption. The courts held him in maximum security prison on charges… More

Writers at Risk Database

Mehdi Rajabian

Rajabian spent a year in prison in connection with an underground music sharing website that he co-founded with his brother Hossein. In 2017, they were released on bail pending… More

Yulia Tsvetkova

Activist and cartoonist Yulia Tsvetkova was charged with pornography for disseminating her artwork that promoted body positivity and LGBTQIA+ inclusivity on social media. She was placed on house arrest… More

Writers at Risk Database

Chen Yunfei

Chen spent four years in prison for ‘picking quarrels’ after organizing an event to commemorate a Tiananmen Massacre victim. He was released in 2019 but faces continued repression. Chen… More

Abdullah Mohammed Abu Sharkh

Writer Abdullah Mohammed Abu Sharkh was detained by Hamas forces on March 13, 2020, and interrogated about social media posts in which he had criticized the Hamas authorities. Charged… More

Ho Van Hai Ho Hai, or DrHoHo

Blogger Ho became well-known for criticizing Vietnam's one-party Communist rule. He spent over three years in prison for posting “anti-state propaganda” in support of protests following the 2016 Formosa… More

Ho Thi Bich Khuong

An online activist who has published detailed accounts of her own repression, Ho has served multiple prison sentences on charges related to anti-state propaganda and “abusing democratic freedoms” Most… More

Nguyen Van Ly

A Catholic priest, Nguyen has spent over 15 years in prison for the causes of human rights and religious freedom. Most recently, he was released in 2016 after serving… More