Writers at Risk Database

Mehmet Altan

In September 2016, authorities detained Altan and his brother Ahmet for allegedly giving subliminal messages "suggestive" of the July coup attempt during a television panel the night prior. Though… More

Writers at Risk Database

Çayan Demirel

Award-winning filmmaker Demirel was sentenced in 2019 to nearly 5 years in prison for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” after screening Bakur, a film he co-directed with Ertuğrul Mavioğlu,… More

Writers at Risk Database

Ertuğrul Mavioğlu

Veteran journalist Mavioğlu was sentenced in 2019 to nearly 5 years in prison for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” after screening Bakur, a film he co-directed with Çayan Demirel,… More

Writers at Risk Database

Ahmet Nesin

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

Writers at Risk Database

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

Ayman Al-Drees

The U.S.-educated Al-Drees was arrested in April 2019 on unknown charges as part of a wave of arrests of writers, journalists, and online commentators who had voiced support for… More

Abdullah Al-Duhailan

Al-Duhailan, a novelist and an advocate for Palestinian rights who also reported on Saudi women driving in defiance of the driving ban, was detained in April 2019 but no… More

Salah Al-Haidar

Al-Haidar was arrested without charge in a wave of arrests in April 2019. While in detention, he has been denied access to a lawyer. He is the son of… More

Writers at Risk Database

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

Writers at Risk Database

Wojciech Sadurski

Scholar and writer Sadurski faces three defamation suits for tweets he sent in 2018 criticizing Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) and public broadcaster TVP, calling the PiS… More