Gamal Al-Gamal

On February 22, 2021, upon returning to Cairo from exile in Turkey, freelance columnist Al-Gamal was detained and charged with spreading false news, joining a terrorist organization, and inciting… More

Writers at Risk Database

Jordi Cuixart

Cuixart is a Catalan poet who advocates for the region’s independence. In October 2019, Cuixart, already detained, received a nine-year prison sentence and ban on holding office for sedition.… More

Writers at Risk Database

Jordi Sànchez

Sànchez is a Catalan writer who advocates for the region’s independence. In October 2019, Sànchez, already detained, received a nine-year prison sentence and a ban on holding office for… More

Aigul Otepova

Blogger Otepova was placed under house arrest in September 2020 for accusations of supporting the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK), labelled an extremist movement. She was forcibly brought to… More

Ramzy Razeek

Blogger Razeek was arrested in April 2020 after posting on Facebook regarding need for an “ideological Jihad” to stop organized anti-Muslim propaganda. In response, he and his family faced… More

Patiwat Saraiyaem

Patiwat Saraiyaem was arrested on October 19, 2020 on sedition charges for his involvement in the pro-democracy protests in Bangkok on September 19, 2020. After being arrested and released… More

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was arrested on October 16, 2020 on sedition charges for his involvement in the pro-democracy demonstrations in Bangkok on September 19, 2020. After being arrested and released… More

Hasan Basri Aydın

Hasan Basri Aydın was briefly detained at the airport after returning to Istanbul for medical treatment on charges of insulting two former justice ministers. He was officially arrested and… More

Murat Ağırel

Ağırel was arrested and held in isolation in March 2020 over allegedly spreading national security secrets. An investigation was launched for “insults” in his book Sarmal, for which he… More

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