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

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Jamal Khashoggi

After the exiled Saudi columnist's brutal murder in Istanbul in October 2018, journalists and advocacy groups mobilized worldwide to ensure that he would not be forgotten. However, the Saudi… More

Godwin Agbroko

Agbroko, editorial board chairman of This Day and longtime news editor was arrested for his work in 1995 and 1996. He was released in 1997 within weeks of receiving… More

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Marcos Hernández Bautista

Hernández, a reporter who covered the political influence of local strongmen, was shot as he climbed into his car in Oaxaca in January 2016. The alleged gunman was sentenced… More

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Ruben Espinosa

Espinosa was shot execution-style, along with four women, in Mexico City in July 2015. A photojournalist covering violence in Veracruz, he had fled to the capitol after receiving threats.… More

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Anabel Flores Salazar Mariana Contreras

Flores Salazar, a journalist covering crime for the newspaper El Sol de Orizaba, was abducted by armed men and found dead along a highway near Veracruz state. Authorities linked… More

Filiberto Álvarez Landeros

Poet and journalist Álvarez Landeros was shot dead in Tlaquiltenango after hosting a show at a radio station. The Morelos State Attorney General ruled out his journalism as a… More

Guillermo Fernández García

Acclaimed poet and translator Fernández García was bound and killed at his home in Toluca in April 2012. The motive remains unknown. The case was referred to Mexico’s attorney… More

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Javier Valdez Cárdenas

In May 2017, Valdez Cárdenas was shot dead by unknown assailants in Culiacán, Sinaloa State. The authorities arrested two men suspected of being accomplices in the murder. In January… More

Alaa Mashzoub

Alaa Mashzoub

On February 2, 2019, Mashzoub was murdered by an anonymous motorcycle gunman in Karbala. Prior to his death, Mashzoub was a vocal critic of Iraqi religious sectarianism and his… More