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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Food safety expert Bülent Şık given 15-month prison sentence; prosecutor in “Taraf MGK headline trial” asks court to rule for non-jurisdiction; journalist Ziya Ataman sentenced

Food safety expert Bülent Şık given 15-month sentence

Şık was on trial over a 2018 article about the findings of a study concerning carcinogenic toxins found in agricultural products and the environment CANSU PİŞKİN, ISTANBU

Journalist Kibriye Evren remains behind bars at 7th hearing

Jin News reporter Evren, jailed pending trial since October 2018, faces up to 20 years in prison on terrorism-related charges The seventh hea

“RedHack trial” against 6 journalists adjourned until February 

Confiscated digital devices of the six journalists on trial for reporting about Minister Albayrak’s leaked emails returned after three years CANSU PİŞKİN, ISTANBUL

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Trial of two Bloomberg reporters and 36 others over 2018 currency crisis report gets under way; Turkish courts convict one journalist and one musician in one week A t

Altans’ lawyer files 16th petition for court panel to be replaced

Lawyer Figen Albuga Çalıkuşu reiterates her call to the Council of Judges and Prosecutors to replace court panel ahead of re-trial Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan’s lawy

Ahmet Altan acquitted in “insult” case

The case, first filed in 2010, was relaunched after Altan’s conviction in another “insult” case was upheld in March 2018 by an appellate court

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Turkish courts convict at least 5 journalists in a week; Supreme Court of Appeals overturns convictions in Cumhuriyet trial; At least 130 journalists and media workers still in prison

Journalist Cihan Acar and lawyer Veysel Ok sentenced over 2015 interview

Acar and Ok handed down 5 months in prison for “publicly degrading the judicial bodies of the state” CANSU PİŞKİN, İSTANBUL An Is

Supreme Court overturns convictions in Cumhuriyet trial

Supreme Court of Appeals also rules for Önder Çelik, Güray Öz, Musa Kart, Hakan Kara and Mustafa Kemal Güngör to be freed from prison  The 16

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