Rodrigo Neto de Faria

On March 8, 2013, Rodrigo Neto de Faria was killed in Ipatinga. At the time, Neto was reportedly writing a book investigating several murders with suspected police involvement. While… More

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Kem Ley

Kem Ley, a prominent political analyst who was critical of the government, was assassinated on July 10, 2016. Police prevented the commemoration of his death in 2019 and a… More

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Rezaul Karim Siddique

On April 23, 2016, Siddique was murdered by Islamic militants. While his death by machete was similar to other secular bloggers, Siddique was not publicly critical of Islam and… More

Sushmita Banerjee

Sushmita Banerjee

On September 5, 2013, Indian-Afghan memoirist Sushmita Banerjee was kidnapped and murdered, purportedly by a splinter Taliban group who claimed responsibility. No groups or individuals, however, have been held… More

Rafiq Taği

Rafiq Taği died in 2011 days after a stabbing attack, possibly connected to his article critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that was published a week prior. In 2015, the… More

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Xulhaz Mannan

A founder of Bangladesh's only LGBT magazine who was a high-profile face of the movement, Mannan was hacked to death on April 25, 2016 by Al-Qaeda-linked extremists, along with… More

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Avijit Roy

A prominent secular writer and blogger, Roy was known as a founder of the popular rationalist blog Mukto-mona. On February 26, 2015, he was murdered by machete-wielding assailants at… More

Godwin Agbroko

Godwin Agbroko | Status: Murdered | Nigeria

Godwin Agbroko, editorial board chairman of the private daily This Day, was arrested on two separate occasions in 1995, and again in 1996, when he spent several months in… More

Thiagarajah Selvanithy (“Selvi”) | Status: Murdered | Sri Lanka

Founder of the feminist journal Tholi and a gifted young poet, Thiagarajah Selvanithy was arrested by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers) on August 30,… More

Deyda Hydara

Deyda Hydara | Status: Murdered | Gambia

A newspaper publisher and press freedom champion, Deyda Hydara was gunned down in December 2004 for challenging increasingly restrictive press laws in the Gambia. More