Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, was arrested after standing in solidarity with and serving as a “guest editor” for Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish newspaper that… More

Gökhan Yavuzel

Gökhan Yavuzel

Yavuzel is a Kurdish author, columnist, and political commentator living in exile in the UK. In July 2021, he appeared on a leaked hit-list of Turkish dissidents living abroad,… More

Gulgeç Akdeniz Gulgeş Deryaspî

Gulgeç Akdeniz is a literary writer who has published three books in Kurdish. She was arrested on July 25, 2019 during raids across Bitlis province in eastern Turkey. On… More

Hayko Bağdat

Bağdat is a Turkish-Armenian columnist who has been targeted in the past for his articles criticizing the government; he now lives in exile in Berlin. In 2019 he was… More

Meral Şimşek

Meral Şimşek

Meral Şimşek is a Kurdish writer who been targeted for her poetry and other writings. She faces multiple trials on spurious “terrorism” charges. In June 2021, she was detained… More

Mustafa Sönmez

Economist and columnist Mustafa Sönmez was arrested in April 2019 and charged with "insulting the president" regarding tweets he posted calling President Erdoğan “the chief of a thief gang”… More

Cengiz Çandar

Cengiz Çandar

The author of seven books and a columnist who writes for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse, Çandar is on trial for the crime of “praising crime and criminals” due to a… More

Deniz Yücel

Deniz Yücel

Columnist Deniz Yücel was wrongfully subjected to pre-trial detention—including nine months of solitary confinement and torture in Istanbul’s Siliviri prison—and then indicted in 2018 with producing “terrorism propaganda,” and… More

Ali Bulaç

A former columnist for the shuttered Zaman newspaper, Bulaç was one of many journalists rounded up after the failed 2016 coup in Turkey. He spent over a year in… More