Writers at Risk Database

Kirill Serebrennikov

Playwright and theater director Serebrennikov was placed on house arrest in 2017 for embezzlement and convicted in June 2020. The court handed him a three-year suspended sentence and fine… More

Jack Mapanje

Jack Mapanje

Poet, scholar, and literary critic Mapanje was arrested after publication of his first book, which the Malawi government subsequently banned. He was detained without charge from September 1987 until… More

María Guadalupe Lizarraga Hernández

In February 2019, unknown individuals raided journalist and author Lizarraga Hernández’s home, stealing a voice recorder with journalistic information. In April 2019, she was a victim of doxxing on… More

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Hossein Rajabian

Rajabian was arrested in October 2013 with his brother Mehdi in connection with an underground music sharing website that they co-founded. He began serving his sentence in June 2016… More

Kameel Ahmady

Kameel Ahmady

Ahmady has written about female genital mutilation and child marriage in Iran and was arrested in 2019. He was arbitrarily detained for 100 days, then released conditionally. In December… More

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 one of Iran's leading political dissidents, Ganji's writings are banned in the country. Ganji was imprisoned from 2001-2006 for participation in an academic conference and investigations into… More

Sepideh Jodeyri

Sepideh Jodeyri

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

Writers at Risk Database

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