Writers at Risk Database

Nguyen Huu Vinh Anh Ba Sam

A former police officer, Vinh founded a popular blog dedicated to criticism of the government and circumvention of its internet firewall. In 2014, he was arrested for “baseless” and… More

Enver Aysever

Enver Aysever

A sociologist and former columnist for the independent newspaper Cumhuriyet, Aysever was arrested in March 2021 for "provoking the public to hatred and hostility” by tweeting a political cartoon… More

Tu Tu Tha

Tu Tu Tha is a novelist and journalist who was arrested on April 24, 2021 in a home raid by over 10 military soldiers. She was charged with “incitement”… More

Elchin Hasanzade

In May 2020 the head of the Mingachevir Public Utilities Department filed a lawsuit against blogger Hasanzade and Ibrahim Salamov for writing articles that speculated about corrupt practices in… More

Ibrahim Salamov Ibrahim Turksoy

In May 2020 the head of the Mingachevir Public Utilities Department filed a lawsuit against blogger Salamov and Elchin Hasanzade for writing articles that speculated about corrupt practices in… More

Hasan Cemal

Hasan Cemal

Hasan Cemal, a prolific author, columnist, and former newspaper editor, has been continually harassed, slapped with legal charges, and detained due to his opinion writing. He is currently on… More

Yousef El Dosh

On March 5, 2021, El Dosh was summoned to appear before a court after a reading of his original poem about the violent dispersal of protestors in 2019—known as… More

Malcolm Bidali Noah

Bidali is a Kenyan blogger and security guard who writes about migrant workers’ experiences in Qatar, where he lived for three years. On May 4, 2021, he was detained… More

Alaa Al-Mashrawi

Director of Al-Mashreq News, Alaa Al-Mashrawi is a vocal critic who writes opinion pieces and columns on solidarity with Palestinians. In 2020, he wrote an article calling for the… More

Mya Aye

Mya Aye

Mya Aye was surrounded at gunpoint and arrested on February 1, 2021, the first day of the coup. He was charged with “inciting ethnic hatred” using a 2014 email… More