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 İshak Karakaş, Lezgin Akdeniz handed down jail terms; jailed journalists Semiha Şahin, Pınar Gayıp, Harun Çümen ordered to remain behind bars; arrest warrant issued

Mehmet Baransu ordered to remain behind bars

Next hearing in Taraf trial set for 10 and 11 July The trial of the former executives of the shuttered daily

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Ahmet Altan, Perihan Mağden convicted of “insulting the president”; journalist Mehmet Baransu ordered to remain behind bars in Taraf trial 

Seda Taşkın appears before appellate court

Prosecutor asks court to reject the appeal against original verdict. Court adjourns hearing until 15 May PELİN BUZLUK, ANKARA The first appeal hea

Fikret Başkaya makes defense statement in “propaganda” case

The writer and academic is standing trial for an article published online in November 2016   PELİN BUZLUK, ANKARA The first hearing in the trial

Temel Demirer appears in court over remarks during Suruç commemoration

Court lifts the international travel ban on Demirer and adjourns the trial until July Writer and activist Temel Demirer appeared in an Istanb

Ahmet Altan sentenced over 2016 article

The 30th Criminal Court of First Instance of Istanbul commutes the sentence to a fine of TL 7,000  Jailed novelist an

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Mehmet Gündem ordered to remain behind bars in 4th hearing; court convicts 7 defendants in Gün Matbaacılık case; Sözcü trial adjourned until April

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Journalist Yasin Kobulan given 18-month prison sentence on “propaganda” charge; Evrensel journalists appear in courtrooms for four lawsuits in a week On 8 March, Yasi

Journalist Yasin Kobulan convicted of “propaganda”

The accusation stemmed from Kobulan’s social media posts during the time of 2015’s widespread curfews across Turkey’s southeastern provinces An Istanbul court on

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