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.

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Jailed journalist Abdulkadir Turay sentenced to 9 years in prison; Alican Uludağ faces investigation for his reporting about pastor Andrew Brunson

Court refuses to lift Interpol red notice for Zarakolu’s arrest

Istanbul court also issues arrest warrant for writer and theologian İhsan Eliaçık to receive his defense statement   The Istanbul 3rd

HRW: Germany should raise concerns about jailed journos during Erdoğan’s visit

HRW draws particular attention to jailed novelist-journalist Ahmet Altan as his latest book, a collection of essays he wrote in prison, hits German bookstores this week

Musician Ferhat Tunç given nearly two years in jail

Tunç was charged with “terrorism propaganda” on the basis of his social media posts   An Istanbul court on 25 September sentenced musician an

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Austrian journalist Zirngast jailed pending trial; Prosecutor seeks aggravated life imprisonment for Altans and Ilıcak in appeal hearing; Hayatın Sesi TV executives convicted

Prosecutor insists on aggravated life sentences in Altans appeal trial

Appellate court orders continued detention of five defendants, adjourns trial until October   The appeal hearing of a trial where six people, including renown

Hayatın Sesi TV executives sentenced to prison terms

Court convicts Mustafa Kara, Gökhan Çetin and İsmail Gökhan Bayram of “terrorism propaganda,” sentencing each to 3 years and 9 months in prison  

Court rules to release jailed lawyer and academic Hanifi Barış

Barış, who was one of the signatories of 2016’s Academics for Peace declaration, was jailed in July on account of his social media posts 

Appeal process in Altans-Ilıcak case to begin this week

The 2nd Criminal Chamber of the Istanbul Regional Court of Justice will hear the Altans-Ilıcak case on 21 September   

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Özgürlükçü Demokrasi and ETHA journos appear in court on “terrorism” charges; former publisher, editor of Evrensel fined for “insulting the president”; Austrian journalist taken