Fazil Say

On May 25, 2012, renowned composer, pianist, and writer Fazil Say was charged with religious defamation in connection with a series of social media posts. In 2013, he received… More

Writers at Risk Database

Eşber Yağmurdereli

Blind human rights activist Yağmurdereli has spent nearly 20 years in prison on various charges related to comments about Turkey's human rights abuses. Most recently, he was arrested in… More

Fikret Başkaya

Başkaya, an academic and author of several books on topics including socialism, politics, and corruption in Turkey, was arrested in November 2017 on the basis of an article he… More

Emre Orman

On October 23, 2019, Orman was arrested after posting criticism of Turkey's invasion of southwestern Kurdistan on social media. After being charged with spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization,… More

Michel Kilo

In 2006, Kilo was arrested after signing a declaration in support of diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon. He was sentenced to three years in prison for spreading 0… More

Necmiye Alpay

Alpay was detained following the 2016 coup attempt for her connection to pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem. After four months in detention, she was conditionally released in December 2016. She… More

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