Ali Aracı Grup Yorum

Musician Aracı is a member of activist collective and band Grup Yorum who plays the flute and kaval. The band's music has angered Turkish authorities and members have faced… More

Gao Yu | Status: Continued Harassment | China

Accused of leaking state secrets, Chinese investigative journalist Gao Yu is serving a 5-year prison sentence despite serious health concerns. For now, she has been released from jail because… More

Atef Abu Saif

Atef Abu Saif

Palestinian author, columnist, and political figure Atef Abu Saif has reportedly been routinely detained by Hamas forces in Gaza. On March 18, 2019, he was beaten by unidentified assailants.… More

Wang Fang Fang Fang

Wang Fang, who also goes by the pen name Fang Fang, kept an online diary during Wuhan’s 11-week lockdown. She views herself as a witness rather than a critic… More

César Montaña Lehmann

César Montaña Lehmann César Strawberry

For tweets allegedly “glorifying terrorism” and “humiliating its victims,” musician Lehmann was sentenced in 2017 to 1 year in prison and barred from public office for 6.5 years. In… More

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Malaka Dewapriya

Playwright and filmmaker Dewapriya was reportedly interrogated by police for four hours in October 2019 after a Buddhist monk accused him of distorting Buddhist terminology in his radio series… More

Jacques Pauw

In 2017, the State Security Agency (SSA) threatened legal action and issued a cease and desist order against writer and journalist Pauw for his book The President’s Keepers: Those… More

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Tomasz Piątek

Journalist and writer Piątek faced potential criminal charges for a book published in June 2017, which examines the links between Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz and the Russian military intelligence… More

Writers at Risk Database

Gioconda Belli

Writer and poet Belli was one of three PEN Nicaragua members to be subjected to harassment through the circulation of an anonymous video which identified them as behind a… More

Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque Zunar

Political cartoonist Zunar faces sedition charges filed in January 2021 for his satirical cartoon criticizing the government’s cancellation of Thaipusam, an annual Hindu festival. Zunar previously faced 43 years… More