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.

Constitutional Court to take up applications of 10 journalists

The Plenary to finally take up the applications of journalists Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak, Murat Sabuncu, Kadri Gürsel, Ahmet Şık and Murat Aksoy on 2 May

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Ahmet Altan acquitted in case filed by former chief of General Staff; 6 former Cumhuriyet staffers return to prison to serve remainder of sentences upheld by appellate court

Ahmet Altan acquitted in lawsuit filed by former chief of general staff

Another lawsuit against Ahmet Altan, filed by former Sakarya Chief of Police Faruk Ünsal, adjourned until June Two separate lawsuits where imprisoned journalist-

Six former Cumhuriyet staffers back in prison

Güray Öz, Önder Çelik, Musa Kart, Hakan Kara, Mustafa Kemal Güngör and Emre İper begin serving the remainder of their sentences as per appellate court ruling

Lawyers appeal to delay implementation of verdicts in Cumhuriyet trial

Lawyers of 8 defendants in Cumhuriyet newspaper trial to appeal to the trial court, requesting a delay of the execution of the sentences upheld by appellate court

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Prosecution submits final opinion in Sözcü trial; prosecutor seeks conviction for Hasan Cemal on “propaganda” charge; Turkey ranks 157th in RSF World Press Freedom Index

Prosecutor submits final opinion in “Sözcü trial”

The prosecutor requests prison terms between 5 to 10 years for eight newspaper employees on the charge of “aiding a terrorist organization without being its member” CANSU

“RedHack trial” postponed until September

New indictment against Ömer Çelik included in case file, accusing the journalist of “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist group”  CANSU PİŞKİN, ISTANBUL 

Prosecutor seeks prison term for Hasan Cemal for "terrorism propaganda"

The prosecutor submitted his final opinion, requesting that Hasan Cemal be convicted of “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” P24’s Founding President

“Özgür Gündem solidarity trial” adjourned

Erol Önderoğlu is granted exemption from personal appearance in court; trial adjourned until 17 July CANSU PİŞKİN, İSTANBUL The 10th hearing in