Abd Al-Akram Al-Sakka

On July 15, 2011, Abd Al-Akram Al-Sakka was arrested from his home without a warrant. His whereabouts and the conditions of his detention are unknown. Al-Sakka was last seen… More

Ali Al-Shihabi

Syrian Palestinian political analyst, writer, and blogger Al-Shihabi was arrested in December 2012 by the Palestine Branch of Syrian Military Intelligence. His location is unknown, but there are unconfirmed… More

Zaki Cordillo

Playwright and key figure in the Puppet Theatre, Cordillo was arrested with his son in Damascus on August 11, 2012. He is reportedly detained for his writing on Syria,… More

Hussein Essou

Kurdish writer Essou was arrested from his home by Syrian Air Force intelligence agents for allegedly participating in anti-government activity and advocating reform in September 2011. As of December… More

Adnan Zarra’ai

Playwright and scriptwriter Zarra’ai was reportedly arrested in February 2012 and was detained incommunicado in the State Security Detention Centre in Damascus. His rib was reportedly broken by torture.… More

Tal Al-Mallouhi

Poet, student, and blogger Al-Mallouhi was detained in December 2009 for the content of her blog posts. In 2011, she was convicted of “divulging information to a foreign state”… More

Moheeb Al-Nawaty

Palestinian journalist and author Al-Nawaty was detained for unspecified “security reasons” in 2011 while translating his book in Damascus. In 2013, the Norwegian government reported he was in Syrian… More

Fayez Bin Damakh

In September 2017, poet and reporter Bin Damakh was reported missing days before he was due to launch a TV news channel in Kuwait. Local press reports suggest he… More

Turad Al-Amri

Political commentator Al-Amri has been missing since November 2016 after tweeting out to protest a clampdown on Saudi media, which included blocking the online newspaper he worked for. Authorities… More

Writers at Risk Database

Guy-André Kieffer

In April 2004, Kieffer was kidnapped in Abidjan and has not been seen since. Prior to his kidnapping, Kieffer wrote for a French newspaper detailing political corruption in Côte… More