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.

Kadri Gürsel freed after being locked up for 5 hours over upheld sentence

Constitutional Court finds rights violation in Cumhuriyet trial defendant Gürsel’s case, yet Gürsel gets called back to Prosecutor’s office a few weeks later to serve remainder o

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Journalist İbrahim Varlık jailed pending trial; Kadri Gürsel sent back to prison, freed on probation; Mehmet Gündem ordered to remain behind bars   Ferhat

Five journalists assaulted in two weeks

6 assailants arrested for attacking Yavuz Selim Demirağ released while the assailants who attacked Ergin Çevik and Hakan Denizli not caught yet

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More press members targeted by assailants; court convicts 7 defendants in “Özgür Gündem trial”; man who shared 2 cartoons on social media given jail term for “insulting the president”

Prosecutor seeks conviction for Necla Demir in first hearing

The former publisher of the online newspaper Gazete Karınca is on trial for allegedly “disseminating propaganda” over the website’s Afrin coverage CANSU Pİ

Tanbay and Bulutoğlu stand trial for supporting academics

Both trials adjourned until 24 September for Tanbay and Bulutoğlu’s defense statements The first hearings in the trials of choreographer and

Court convicts 7 defendants in Özgür Gündem trial

Eren Keskin, Hüseyin Aykol, Reyhan Çapan, Ayşe Batumlu and Reyhan Hacıoğlu and two others get sentences on “propaganda” charge The final hear

Ahmet Altan makes defense statement in “insulting public official” case

The case was put on hold after Cihaner withdrew his complaint but was relaunched after a sentence Altan had been given in another case was upheld in March 2018

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Assailants attack two journalists in two provinces in one week; appellate court acquits journalist Seda Taşkın of one charge but convicts her of “propaganda”

Court overturns judgment in Seda Taşkın’s case

Appellate court acquits the journalist of “aiding a terrorist organization” while sentencing her to 1 year, 11 months and 10 days in prison on the charge of “disseminating propaganda f