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.

Academic Tuna Altınel released after 81 days in prison

Mathematician Altınel, charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” for his role in an event in France, was released at the end of first court hearing in Balıkesir

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Top court rules that convictions against academics violate freedom of expression; latest BİA Media Monitoring Report finds that 213 journalists stood trial, 14 taken into custody

Constitutional Court rules against convictions in Academics for Peace case

The 8-8 decision comes thanks to president of the top court voting in favor of the applicants The Constitutional Court ruled on 26 July 2019 that the freedom of

Altans’ lawyer objects to court’s rulings ahead of retrial

Lawyer Figen Albuga Çalıkuşu: Trial court proves once again that it’s no longer impartial  CANSU PİŞKİN, İSTANBUL

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Jailed journalist Harun Çümen, Bakur co-directors Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, Sendika.Org editor Ali Ergin Demirhan given jail terms; retrial of “coup” case against Altans and

Retrial of Altans case to begin in October

Court rejects requests for Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and their three co-defendants to be released pending trial The criminal court that sentenced Ahmet Altan, Mehmet

Journalist Harun Çümen given 7.5-year prison sentence 

Çümen, a former responsible managing editor for Zaman daily, convicted of “membership in a terrorist organization” ÖZGÜN ÖZÇER, İSTANBUL 

Bakur co-directors convicted in absentia 

Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu each sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison on the charge of “disseminating

Eren Keskin’s file separated in Özgür Gündem trial

Prosecutor seeks prison terms for journalists Hüseyin Aykol, Reyhan Çapan and Hasan Başak on three different charges CANSU PİŞKİN, İSTANBUL 

Yurdatapan, Alpay stand trial for supporting academics

Civil rights activist and musician Şanar Yurdatapan and linguist Necmiye Alpay’s trials adjourned until November ÖZGÜN ÖZÇER, İSTANBUL