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Female journalists, writers and activists targeted for carrying out their profession in 2010

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Clémence Bakatuseka, human rights defender: threatened, harassed


Amie Bojang-Sissoho, journalists and women's rights activist, and Dr. Isatou Touray, women's rights activist: on trial for reporting on violence against women

Ndey Tapha Sosseh, journalist: threatened, exiled


Amal Habbani, columnist: judicial harassment

Lubna Ahmed Al-Hussein, journalist: detained, judicial harassment, fined

Claudia Ayola Escalón, journalist: death threats

Claudia Duque, journalist: harassed, travel restrictions

Jineth Bedoya Lima, journalist: death threats

Norma Irene Perez, human rights activist: murdered

Dania Virgen García, blogger: imprisoned and later released

Mayra Emilia Aguilar Dueñas, TV station manager: killed

Alaíde Foppa, poet and human rights defender: kidnapped, disappeared (1980)

Lydia Cacho, journalist and women's rights activist: harassed, threatened, intimidated

Ixtli Martínez, journalist: shot, injured

United States of America
Molly Norris, cartoonist: death threats

Liu Xia, wife of jailed Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo: house arrest

Imrana Jalal, human rights activist: harassment, judicial harassment, intimidated, insulted

Khadija Abdul Qahaar aka Beverly Giesbrecht (Canadian), journalist: abducted, missing

Sri Lanka
Waruni Balasooriya, wife of journalist in exile Gamini Pushpakumara: death threats

Chiranuch Premchaiporn, independent news editor: judicial harassment, arrested

Daranee Chancheonsilapakul, activist: imprisoned

Le Nguyen Huong Tra, blogger: arrested

Lu Thi Thu Trang, pro-democracy activist: beaten, detained


Anna Politkovskaya, journalist: murdered (2006)

Bella Ksalova, journalist: died under suspicious circumstances

Natalya Estemirova, journalist: murdered (2009)

Olga Kotovskaya, journalist: died under suspicious circumstances (2009)


Sultan Acibuca, women's rights activist: jailed


Aliyeh Eghdamdoust, women's rights activist: sentenced to three years in prison

Akram Zienali, women's rights activist: detained

Bahareh Hedayat, women's rights activist: sentenced to nine years in prison

Hengameh Shahidi, journalist: sentenced to six years in prison

Jila Baniyaghoub: journalist, sentenced to one year in prison, censored

Jila Tarmasi, women's rights activist: detained without trial since June 2009

Mahdieh Golroo, women's rights activist: sentenced to three years in prison, deteriorating health

Mahsa Amrabadi, journalist: sentenced to one year in prison

Maryam Bidgoli, women's rights activist: sentenced to one year in prison

Nasrin Sotoudeh, human rights defender and lawyer: imprisoned, deteriorating health, hunger strike

Nazanin Khosravani, journalist: detained

Noushin Ahamadi Khorasani, editor and blogger: subjected to judicial harassment

Shabnam Madadzadeh, women's rights activist: sentenced to five years in prison, deteriorating health

Shiva Nazar Ahari, blogger and human rights activist: sentenced to six years in prison

Sussan Tahmasebi, women's rights activist: threatened, harassed, travel restrictions


Asma' Al-Goul, journalist and Skeyes correspondent: threats to kill her and her son

Diala Jwehan, journalist: harassed, violently attacked, injured by sound and gas bombs, interrogated


Jumana Nammour, Lina Zahr Al-Deen, and Jullinar Mousa, Luna Al-Shibil, Nawfar Afli, TV presenters: forced resignation


Tal Al-Mallouhi, blogger: imprisoned

Tuhama Ma'ruf, activist: sentenced to five years and jailed in a men's prison


Afaf Benacer, activist and wife of jailed journalist Fahem Boukadous: threatened and harassed by police

Faten Hamdi, journalist, Radio Kalima, beaten, harassed

Naziha Réjiba, journalist and Vice-President of Observatoire pour la liberté de presse, d'édition et de creation (OLPEC): subject to smear campaign and intimidation, including airport body searches

Radhia Nasraoui, lawyer: harassed

Sihem Bensedrine, journalist and Secretary-General of OLPEC: subject to smear campaign and harassment, including pornographic Facebook hacking

Zakia Dhiafaoui, academic and journalist: assaulted and harassed


Tawakol Abdulsalam Karman, human rights activist: detained

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