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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Trial court refuses to abide by Supreme Court ruling in retrial of Cumhuriyet case; Fikret Başkaya acquitted in “propaganda” trial; journalist Ahmet Takan assaulted; pro-gov’t business

Court refuses to follow Supreme Court ruling in Cumhuriyet retrial

In its unanimous ruling, court acquits Kadri Gürsel but rules against Supreme Court of Appeals judgment concerning the remaining 12 defendants  

Rights groups: Re-arrest of Ahmet Altan arbitrary, cruel 

Twenty-five international rights groups and freedom of expression organizations have issued a joint statement concerning novelist and journalist Ahmet Altan's re-arrest last week

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Journalists Ruken Demir and Melike Aydın jailed pending trial; Ahmet Altan re-arrested 8 days after his release; prosecutor objects to Kibriye Evren’s release pending trial; 119

Fatih Polat acquitted of “insulting the president”

Polat, the editor-in-chief of Evrensel daily, was standing trial over an article published in 2017, in which he quoted an article by Craig Shaw CANSU PİŞKİN, İSTANBUL 

Lawyer objects to Ahmet Altan’s rearrest

Figen Albuga Çalıkuşu: The trial court’s ruling to release Ahmet Altan revoked based on made-up, unlawful grounds not listed in Criminal Procedure Code  

Ahmet Altan rearrested 1 week after his release

Altan was sent back to prison on 13 November following his rearrest Tuesday night based on a warrant issued by the 27th High Criminal Court, which accepted the prosecutor’s objection t

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At least 8 journalists and media workers sentenced or fined in one week;  Gazete Fersude reporter Soner Karabulut jailed pending trial; Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak freed after more th

Journalist Atakan Sönmez handed down 10-month jail term

Sönmez was on trial over Cumhuriyet website’s coverage of Turkey’s 2018 military operation in Syria CANSU PİŞKİN, ISTANBUL  The fif

Joint statement: Altan and Ilıcak released but judicial harassment continues

Platform for Independent Journalism (P24) and ARTICLE 19 issued a joint statement on 5 November 2019, welcoming Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak's release at the end of their retria