Writers at Risk Database

Saw Wai

Saw Wai, a lifelong activist and well-known poet, was charged in October 2019 with making defamatory statements at a public gathering in April after a case was lodged against… More

Writers at Risk Database

Roberto Saviano

Author Saviano faces three criminal defamation lawsuits for his public remarks brought against him by politicians, including former Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. On… More


S. Sivadas Kovan

The folk singer popularly known as Kovan uses his music as a platform for activism. He was arrested in 2018 after performing a song at a protest that mocked… More

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Aseem Trivedi

Trivedi launched the campaign Cartoons Against Corruption in 2011. In January 2012, he was charged with sedition and defamation in connection with his cartoons and spent the majority of… More

Swathi Vadlamudi

Vadlamudi was charged with hurting religious sentiments after posting a cartoon on Twitter that alludes to far-right Hindu demonstrations calling for the release of suspected perpetrators of the gang-rape… More

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Arundhati Roy

Winner of the Man Booker prize and a longtime activist, Roy reported in August 2019 that a court had ordered Delhi police to issue a First Information Report against… More

Hassan Nafaa

Political science professor Nafaa was arrested in September 2019 just days after he criticized President El-Sisi in the press. His detention was part of a wave of 1,400 dissident… More

Shafik Rehman

Shafik Rehman

Rehman was arrested without warrant in April 2016 in connection with a plot to kidnap and murder the prime minister’s son. An active member of the political opposition, he… More

Henry Sawpon

Sawpon was arrested for hurting religious sentiments on May 14, 2019 and was released on bail one day later. He is still awaiting trial. More

Writers at Risk Database

Akram Aylisli

Aylisi has been subject to a government-sanctioned public harassment campaign since the publication of his novella Stone Dreams in 2012. He is currently on trial for charges of 'hooliganism'… More