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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Five defendants convicted in Özgürlükçü Demokrasi trial; Constitutional Court issues judgments in applications by Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak, Deniz

Teacher Ayşe Çelik acquitted

Convicted in 2017 of “propaganda” over televised comments, Çelik appears in first hearing of her retrial after Constitutional Court ruling School teacher Ayşe Çelik appeared

Journalists recount life behind bars: Semiha Şahin

The following questionnaire, prepared by P24 Platform for Independent Journalism, is part of a survey aimed at revealing the conditions faced by journalists in prison in Turkey, either i

Gezi trial: Kavala kept behind bars, Aksakoğlu released

The first hearing against 16 people accused of “attempt to overthrow the government” through the 2013 Gezi protests was held over two days An

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Journalist Canan Coşkun acquitted, video-activist Kazım Kızıl convicted of “insulting the president” charge; jailed journalist Harun Çümen ordered to remain behind bars

Prosecutor seeks jail term for journalist Akın at first hearing

Osman Akın, the responsible managing editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper, is accused of “successively disseminating propaganda for a terrorist group”

Rights defenders stand trial for supporting Academics for Peace

Court rejects acquittal requests of rights defenders Arat Dink and Bülent Deniz CANSU PİŞKİN, İSTANBUL  The first hearing in the tr

Canan Coşkun acquitted of “insulting the president”

The former Cumhuriyet reporter was on trial over her reporting on the 2015 arrests of journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül Journalist Canan C

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Semiha Şahin and Pınar Gayıp released under house arrest; Yavuz Selim Demirağ released on probation; compensation case filed against Çiğdem Toker dismissed ETHA of

ETHA office raided by police, 7 taken into custody

Five ETHA employees, including journalists İsminaz Temel and Havva Cuştan, taken into custody during the weekend raid Police raided