Nasrin Sotoudeh | Status: Imprisoned | Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent writer, human rights lawyer and activist, was abruptly re-arrested on June 13, 2018, and taken to Evin prison. Her arrest came shortly after her legal… More

Khosro Sadeghi Borojeni

Borojeni is a freelance columnist who writes about political and economic issues in current events, including COVID-19 mismanagement. He was arrested in May 2019 and detained for six days.… More

Kea Sokun

Rapper Kea Sokun wrote the popular song “Dey Khmer,” in which his lyrics discuss the politics of Cambodia’s land ownership. On September 4, 2020, he was detained for incitement.… More

Nguyen Tuong Thuy

Thuy is a blogger, writing about civil rights and free speech online, and a member of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam. He was detained on May 23, 2020… More

Law Chow Wong

Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, and Nathan Law | Status: Imprisoned | China/Hong Kong

Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, and Nathan Law are three prominent student activists who played a leading role in the 2014 Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong. More

Zhang Zhan

On December 28, 2020, a court sentenced Zhang, a citizen journalist covering COVID-19, to 4 years in prison for ‘picking quarrels and stirring up trouble’ after 7 months detained… More

Writers at Risk Database

Yury Alexeyevich Dmitriev

A historian who researches atrocities during the Stalinist period, Dmitriev was imprisoned on baseless and politically-motivated charges of sexual assault. On September 29, 2020, prosecutors appealed his prior acquittals… More

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Yury Dmitriev | Status: Imprisoned | Russia

Yury Dmitriev, Russian historian and head of the Karelian branch of the human rights center Memorial, was detained in Petrozavodsk on December 13, 2016, on suspicion of production of… More

Mehmet Baransu

Baransu has been detained since March 2015 for his reporting on an alleged coup attempt that referenced leaked military documents. He faces charges in at least four distinct court… More

Galal El Behairy

Galal El-Behairy | Status: Imprisoned | Egypt

Galal El-Behairy is an Egyptian poet, lyricist, and activist who has been in detention in Tora Prison in Cairo since March 2018. More

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