Syed Fawad Ali Shah

Pakistani columnist Shah was forced into exile in Malaysia for his writing on corruption in Pakistan. He was first kidnapped in 2011 by Pakistani intelligence Services (the ISI) for… More

Andrei Filipchyk

Filipchyk is an online activist who runs a Telegram channel where he posts jokes and memes in Belarusian. On January 31, 2023 he was arrested and a criminal case… More

Abdulselam Kilgi Selamo

A scriptwriter and poet, Kilgi was arrested and detained at Izmir Airport on his way back to Türkiye from Germany. Sources say that the arrest was related to a… More

Pape Alé Niang

In November 2022, Niang was arrested after a video was released on Dakar Matin in which he reported the contents of an internal gendarmerie report. He was released on… More

Reza Keshvari

Keshvari is a poet, artist, and online commentator. He was arrested for participating in protests in October 2022. He suffers from multiple sclerosis which he was diagnosed with in… More

Saeed Heleichi

A poet and translator, Heleichi received a threatening call over a Twitter post in April 2022. On October 19, 2022 he was arrested at his father's home. The reason… More

Shervin Hajipour

On September 29, 2022, Hajipour was arrested on charges of "propaganda against the regime" and "incitement to violence." His popular song, "Baraye (For)" which had become an anthem of… More

Azamat Nuratdinov

Azamat Nuratdinov is an Uzbek blogger and reporter for El Khyzmetinde who was arrested in July 2022 and charged with inciting riots through distribution of propagandistic material. In January… More

Lolagul Kallykhanova

Kallykhanova is a columnist and owner of a news site Makan. She advocates for Karakalpak autonomy and is critical of the Uzbek central government. She disappeared in June 2022… More

Daniel Ghezeljai

An Iranian Turkman law student and poet, Ghezeljai was arrested for posting a poem in solidarity with Iranian women on November 16, 2022. He was facing charges of "belligerance,"… More