Yavuz Ekinci

Yavuz Ekinci

Yavuz Ekinci is an award-winning literary writer whose work focuses on the situation of the Kurdish minority in Turkey. His tweets in support for the Kurdish community led to… More

Ruhi Karadağ

Ruhi Karadağ is a journalist turned writer/TV producer who was targeted for his book Yarali Yonca. Karadağ was arrested at the airport on March 24, 2021, after being exiled… More

Nima Ghasemi

Ghasemi, a philosophy scholar who holds a PhD from Shahid Beheshti University, was arrested on February 8, 2021 and taken to Evin Prison where he was kept in solitary… More

Toomaj Salehi

Toomaj Salehi

Rapper Toomaj Salehi, known for the dissident nature of his songs, was arrested in a home raid in September 2021 and was detained with no visitation rights before being… More

Ahmed Abdo Muhammad Maher

Maher is an Egyptian author, lawyer, and thinker charged with “contempt for Islam” for his book criticizing religious extremism. Charged in October 2021, less than a month later he… More

Emre Günsal

Comedian Günsal was arrested in Istanbul in April 2020 for writing in his stand-up show that allegedly insulted Turkey's first president Kemal Atatürk and prominent figures in the city… More

Abolhassan Kamali

Poet Abolhassan Kamali was given a four-month suspended sentence of two years seven months imprisonment at home with an electronic handcuff on charges of blasphemy and spreading lies. The… More

Anouar Rahmani

Since 2017, Rahmani has been threatened with legal action for content in his books, including a gay relationship and a depiction of God. In November 2020, he was found… More

Prashant Bhushan

Prashant Bhushan

In August 2020, the Supreme Court fined lawyer and author Bhushan one rupee for two tweets critical of the Court, convicting him of “contempt of court.” Bhushan paid the… More

Writers at Risk Database Svetlana Prokopieva

Svetlana Prokopieva

On July 6, 2020, columnist Prokopieva was convicted of “public justification of terrorism” for her coverage of the 2018 suicide bombing in the Federal Security Service building in Arkhangelsk,… More

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