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

Writers at Risk Database

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 false… More

Writers at Risk Database

Andy Hall

A UK national, labor activist, researcher, and writer Hall was tried in 2013 for both criminal and civil defamation for his investigative reports alleging abuse by National Fruit Company… More

Writers at Risk Database

Mohammed Abbou

In March 2005, writer, lawyer, and human rights activist Abbou was arrested for an article published nine months earlier denouncing torture in Tunisia. He was released in July 2007,… More

Writers at Risk Database

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

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

Zehra Doğan

In July 2016, Doğan was arrested for creating a painting of Turkish city Nusaybin bombarded by state security forces. In 2017, she was sentenced to nearly three years in… More

Shakthika Sathkumara

Sathkumara was detained for four months in 2019 for his short story “Ardha,” under claims that it promoted religious hatred and insult for its indirect references to homosexuality within… More

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J.S. Tissainayagam

In August 2009, writer and journalist Tissainayagam was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment with hard labor under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for “causing communal disharmony” with reporting on… More

Yasir Elsir Ali

Human rights defender Ali was shot by a sniper while at a December 2018 protest in Khartoum. The bullet punctured his lung and is resting in his spinal cord.… More

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