Expression Interrupted

Journalists and academics bear the brunt of the massive crackdown on freedom of expression in Turkey. Scores of them are currently subject to criminal investigations or behind bars. This website is dedicated to tracking the legal process against them.

Journalist Çağdaş Kaplan sentenced to over 6 years in prison

Sakarya court convicts Kaplan for "membership in a terrorist organization" in case that had been pending since 2010  Journalist Çağdaş Kaplan was sentenced to 6 years and

Jailed DİHA reporter submits written defense: I am proud of my reporting

Jailed journalist İdris Sayılğan submits written defense to court, pointing out irregularities in prosecution and expressing his commitment to his job

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Çiğdem Toker faces lawsuit seeking TL 1.5 mln in damages; indictment issued for Özgürlükçü Demokrasi employees; Nur Ener sentenced to 7.5 yrs   

Court sentences Yeni Asya editor Nur Ener Kılınç to 7.5 years in prison

Court rules for the continuation of Kılıç’s house arrest, imposed on the journalist following her release from pretrial detention in February An Istanbul court on May

DİHA reporter incarcerated for 19 months to remain in jail

İdris Sayılğan could not address the court session due to technical problem with court video-conferencing system  ÖZGÜN ÖZÇER / MUŞ The third

Article 301 case against Ahmet Şık adjourned until September

Judge interrupts Şık’s critical comments concerning state practice during hearing, forbids journalists covering the trial from using laptops 

Compensation case against Ahmet Altan dismissed

Two separate compensation cases brought against Altan heard in Istanbul and Ankara on the same day   An Istanbul court dismissed on

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Azadiya Welat editor handed down prison sentence for “propaganda”; indictment seeks 10.5 years in prison for Sibel Hürtaş and Hayri Demir 

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Özgür Gündem publisher and editor jailed; Court lifts Şahin Alpay’s house arrest, releases 2 journalists from pretrial detention in “Zaman trial” Two Turkish courts o