Mohammad Bamm

Bamm, whose writing focuses on workers' rights, was detained in December 2017 and held incommunicado, unable to access lawyers or his family, and charged with anti-state propaganda. In 2018,… More

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Akbar Ganji

Described as Iran's leading political dissident, Ganji's writings are banned in the country. Ganji was imprisoned from 2001-2006 for participation in an academic conference and investigations into extrajudicial murders… More

Sepideh Jodeyri

Sepideh Jodeyri

Jodeyri's translation of Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh into Persian made her a persona non grata in Iran. Already facing a campaign of public persecution for… More

Soleyana Gebremichael Zone 9 Bloggers

Gebremichael is one of the Zone 9 Bloggers, a group formed in 2012 to publish political commentary online in the face of tightening restrictions on expression. Following her initial… More

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Martha Kumsa

Kumsa was arrested in 1980 after writing an article calling for ethnic-Oromo women to defy power structures and reclaim their cultural heritage. She was released in 1989 and escaped… More

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Irakli Kordzaia

Kordzaia has spoken out against extrajudicial murders and corruption for nearly a decade. In 2017, Kordzaia fled Tbilisi due to unrelenting and escalating persecution by domestic authorities; he had… More

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Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé Jamón y Queso

Esono Ebalé, a cartoonist and blogger, was arrested in September 2017 on charges of money laundering and counterfeiting, but was interrogated about his cartoons of political figures by security… More

Francis Sanchéz Rodríguez

Francis Sánchez Rodríguez

A prolific author and founder of a magazine seen as a platform for free expression in Cuba, Sánchez faced government harassment and intimidation for decades in connection with his… More

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Normando Hernández González

Hernández was arrested in a 2003 roundup of dissidents known as the Black Spring and sentenced to 25 years in prison, where he was held in appalling conditions. He… More

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Ahmed Naji

Charged with ‘violating public modesty’ for sexual content in his novel The Use of Life, Naji served 10 months in prison in 2016. After a prolonged legal battle during… More