Geng Xiaonan

Publisher and political activist Geng, and her husband Qin Zhen, were detained in September 2020 on charges of “running an illegal business” operation following Geng’s public support of scholar… More

Khado Tsetan

Tibetan lyricist Khado Tsetan was arrested in 2019 due to a song he wrote that praised the Dalai Lama. In July 2020 the Chinese government sentenced him to seven… More

Lhundrub Drakpa

Lhundrub Drakpa was detained in May 2019 shortly after the release of his song “Black Hat.” He had been arbitrarily detained for over a year, during which he was… More

Ablikim Kalkun

In late 2019, Uyghur comedian and singer Kalkun was reportedly sentenced to 18 years in prison for performing songs deemed politically sensitive, despite the fact they were earlier approved… More

Khosro Sadeghi Borojeni

Borojeni is a freelance columnist and writer who focuses on political and economic analysis, including COVID-19 mismanagement and critiques of neoliberalism. He was arrested in May 2019 and detained… 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

Jimmy Lai

Jimmy Lai

Apple Daily publisher Lai was arrested on August 10, 2020 for violating Hong Kong’s national security law. Released on bail a month later, Lai was soon targeted in a… 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

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 in… More

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