Writers at Risk Database

Stella Nyanzi

Dr. Nyanzi was imprisoned on cybercrime charges in 2018 for writing a poem she posted online using President Museveni’s birth as a metaphor to criticize his repressive rule. She… More

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Robert Kyagulanyi Bobi Wine

Musician Bobi Wine has galvanized a generation of Ugandans to seek new leadership. He has opposed President Museveni's policies and has been barred from performing his music. He is… More

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Ahmet Şık

Investigative reporter Şık was detained in 2011 for “spreading terrorist propaganda” in a book he wrote on the controversial Gülen movement. He was released a year later, but was… More

Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu

Kalyoncu was detained in the crackdown following the failed 2016 coup. His writing and tweets were used as evidence of terrorism charges against him, resulting in a six-year and… More

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Ayşe Berktay

Alongside her literary career, Berktay is a staunch advocate for women’s and Kurdish rights. Initially sentenced in 2011 on terrorism charges after attending conferences on behalf of a pro-Kurdish… More

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Çayan Demirel

Award-winning filmmaker Demirel was sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” after screening Bakur, a film he co-directed with Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, in a… More

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Ertuğrul Mavioğlu

Veteran journalist Mavioğlu was sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” after screening Bakur, a film he co-directed with Çayan Demirel, in a… More

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Ahmet Nesin

Nesin, a writer involved in free expression issues in Turkey, was arrested after standing in solidarity with and serving as a 'guest editor' for Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish newspaper… More

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Erol Önderoğlu

Önderoğlu, a journalist, activist, and correspondent for Reporters Without Borders, was arrested after standing in solidarity with and serving as a 'guest editor' for Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish newspaper… More

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Eman Al-Nafjan

Columnist Al-Nafjan was detained in May 2018 in relation to her women's rights advocacy. While in prison, she was reportedly sexually harassed and severly beaten. She was granted temporary… More