Ayşe Nur Zarakolu

Ayşe Nur Zarakolu

Founder of the Freedom to Publish Commission, Zarakolu was a pioneering female figure in Turkey's literary world. A political essayist herself, she was arrested over 30 times for her… More

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Doğan Akhanli

A writer specializing in genocide studies, Akhanli has been arrested and imprisoned several times for his work on the Armenian Genocide. In 1991, he fled Turkey for Germany where,… More

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Michel Kilo

In 2006, Kilo was arrested after signing a declaration in support of diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon. He was sentenced to three years in prison for spreading false… More

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Zouhair Yahyaoui Ettounsi

Founder of TUNeZINE.com Yahyaoui was arrested in a cybercafe on charges of 'false news' and unauthorized use of the internet in June 2000. Having served half his sentence, he… More

Matsemela Manaka

Manaka was an artist, poet, and playwright who was honored with the first PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award in 1987, and funded a playwright workshop for young authors… More

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Abraham Serfaty

Political dissident and editor of the literary magazine Souffles, Serfaty endured 17 years of imprisonment and 13 years of exile for his political views. His Moroccan citizenship was revoked… More

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Siamak Pourzand

Pourzand, former manager of a cultural center and frequent cultural commentator, passed away after falling from his apartment balcony; though it is unclear whether he jumped or was pushed.… More

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Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Famous anti-colonial author Pramoedya was imprisoned twice for his writings, first by the Dutch from 1947-1949 and later by the authoritarian Suharto regime from 1965-1979. While in prison, he… More

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Raúl Rivero

Rivero was arrested in a 2003 roundup of dissidents known as the Black Spring and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was released in 2010 after multilateral talks… More

Abdukerim Rahman

Rahman is a renowned academic specializing in Uyghur folklore who has authored over 20 books, including History of Uyghur Culture and Uyghur Folk Literature. Reports indicate that Rahman was… More