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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Journalists Kemal Özer, İdris Sayılğan remain behind bars; actors Metin Akpınar, Müjdat Gezen give statement at courthouse over televised remarks; Na

Another “Paradise Papers” case against Pelin Ünker gets under way

Ünker is accused of “insulting a public official” for her coverage of “Paradise Papers” leaks, published in the daily Cumhuriyet in 2017 Journalist Pelin Ünker on 27

Journalist Şirin Kabakçı freed from pre-trial detention

Former Konya bureau chief for the shuttered daily Zaman had been behind bars for 19 months on the charge of “membership in a terrorist group” The fourth hearing in a

Yasin Kobulan appears before court on “propaganda” charge

The prosecutor submits his final opinion of the case during the first hearing, requesting that Kobulan be convicted  Journa

Journalist Idris Sayilgan remains behind bars 

Numerous police officers in uniforms sit among audience in courtroom during latest hearing of case at 2nd High Criminal Court of Muş Özkan Küçük Journalist

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Journalists Murat Güreş, Hamza Gündüz given jail terms for social media posts; Professor Şebnem Korur Fincancı sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for signing peace petition

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16 more signatories of Academics for Peace petition given jail terms on “propaganda” charge; Ece Sevim Öztürk convicted of “aiding a terrorist group”

Ece Sevim Öztürk given 3-year prison sentence

Issuing its verdict at the end of the second hearing in the case, court rules for Öztürk’s release pending the appeal process An Istanbul court on 11 December convicted jour

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Hasan Cemal faces investigation on “insulting the president charge”; courts rule to keep jailed journalists in Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, ETHA trials behind bars; university student

Hasan Cemal faces “insulting the president” investigation 

In his statement before a prosecutor on Thursday, Hasan Cemal says he exercised his right to freedom of the press and freedom of expression Veteran journalist Hasan C