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

Kirill Serebrennikov

Kirill Serebrennikov | Status: Convicted | Russia

Kirill Serebrennikov, a prominent Russian theater director, was put under house arrest on August 23 on charges of fraud. More

Zahra Mohammadi

Iranian-Kurdish language activist and teacher Mohammadi was detained for six months, temporarily held incommunicado and in solitary confinement, on the basis of national security. She was released on bail… More

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Benny Tai Yiu-ting

Tai, a legal scholar and leader of the pro-democracy movement Occupy Central, was convicted on public nuisance charges and sentenced to 16 months in prison in April 2019. He… More

Emre Orman

In October 2019, Orman was arrested for online criticism of Turkey's invasion of southwestern Kurdistan. He was charged with spreading terrorist propaganda and released weeks later on appeal. Convicted… More

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Bülent Şık

A writer and environmental activist, Şık was arrested in 2018 after he published the results of a government study on environmental pollution and carcinogens. The study found dangerous levels… More

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Kirill Serebrennikov

Playwright and theater director Serebrennikov was placed on house arrest in 2017 for embezzlement and was convicted on June 26, 2020. The court handed him a three-year suspended sentence… More

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Natalya Sharina

Sharina, head of the Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow, was detained and put under house arrest in 2015 after authorities raided the library and found several Ukrainian nationalist works… More

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Maria Ressa

Ressa, acclaimed journalist and CEO of the digital news outlet Rappler, faces extensive backlash for highlighting human rights abuses occurring under President Rodrigo Duterte. On June 15, 2020, she… More

Baktash Abtin

Abtin, along with two other board members of the Iranian Writers’ Association, was arrested after peacefully opposing state censorship policies. The judge rejected the lawyer procured by the trio… More