Writers at Risk Database

Shiva Nazar Ahari

A founder of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Ahari has been jailed several times for her work documenting the suffering of Iranians. Most recently, she was imprisoned from… More

Writers at Risk Database

Hojjatoleslam Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari

Outspoken critic of Iran's theocracy Eshkevari was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2000 upon return from a conference at which Iranian social and political reform was debated.… More

Writers at Risk Database

Atena Farghadani

Farghandani was sentenced to over 12 years in prison for a cartoon she drew to criticize a family planning law, which depicted lawmakers as animals. Her sentence was extended… More

Writers at Risk Database

Ramin Jahanbegloo

Jahanbegloo, author of over 20 books on Iranian current affairs and contributor to international publications, was arrested in April 2006 without charge; though unconfirmed claims say he threatened national… More

G. Balakrishnan G. Bala

The cartoonist, popularly known as G. Bala, was arrested in 2017 on defamation charges after publishing a political cartoon that depicts leaders nude, covering their genitals with bundles of… More

Writers at Risk Database

S. Sividas 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

Jairo López

In November 2018, López, a journalist and member of PEN Honduras, was arrested by police at his home, beaten, and threatened at gunpoint, for alleged property damage against the… More

Durai Guna

Guna, a Dalit rights activist whose writing focuses on inter-caste marriages, was arrested and briefly detained in September 2019 after putting up “defamatory” signs calling for applicants to fill… More

Asmamaw Hailegiorgis Zone 9 Bloggers

Hailegiorgis is one of the Zone 9 Bloggers, a group formed in 2012 to publish political commentary online in the face of tightening restrictions on expression. Following his initial… More

Befekadu Hailu Zone 9 Bloggers

Hailu is one of the Zone 9 Bloggers, a group formed in 2012 to publish political commentary online in the face of tightening restrictions on expression. Following his initial… More