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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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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 drops Erdem Gül’s charge in “MİT trucks case”

Court finds no grounds to punish Berberoğlu as he was previously convicted of “disclosing confidential information pertaining to the security of the state” over the same publication