Writers at Risk Database

Pavel Sheremet

An internationally lauded journalist and opinion writer, Sheremet was killed in a car bomb explosion in Kyiv in April 2016. He was a longtime critic of Belarus President Aleksander… More

Allinda Michael Ziggy Wine

Ziggy Wine was kidnapped in July 2019; his mutilated body was found one week later, and he died in hospital shortly after. His family believes the state played a… More

Naji Jerf

A filmmaker known for his work exposing the realities of the Syrian Civil War, Jerf was killed by ISIS militants in Gaziantep, Turkey in December 2015. Prior to his… More

Kamol Duangphasuk Mainueng K. Kunthee

In April 2014, the poet “Kunthee” was shot by assailants who approached his car in Northern Bangkok, then escaped by motorcycle. He died in hospital. The motive for his… More

Writers at Risk Database

Hrant Dink

In January 2007, Dink was murdered in Istanbul by a 17-year-old Turkish nationalist with the help of Turkish police. Prior to his death, Dink was an outspoken critic of… More

Thiagarajah Selvanithy Selvi

Selvanithy was the founder of the feminist journal Tholi. Reportedly critical of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's guerilla tactics, she was abducted by the LTTE in 1991 and… More

Abduhadi Kasheet

Writer and journalist Kasheet was arrested in July 2013 by the Air Force Intelligence Branch of Aleppo. His death was first reported in October 2013, and was later reported… More

Warsame Shire Awale

Poet, playwright, radio actor, and singer-songwriter Awale was shot near his house in Mogadishu in October 2012. He had received threats for comments he made about gunmen targeting civilians,… More

Writers at Risk Database

Natalia Estemirova

In July 2009, journalist and human rights defender Estemirova was abducted by four gunmen on her way to work in Grozny, Chechnya. She was found dead in woodlands near… More

Writers at Risk Database

Anna Politkovskaya

Journalist and writer Politkovskaya was found murdered in her apartment in Central Moscow in October 2006, shot at point blank range. There is widespread outrage that her unsolved murder… More