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.

Osman Kavala remains behind bars at Gezi Park trial

Presiding judge has spectators removed as defense lawyers exit courtroom in protest of court panel; trial adjourned until 18 February

Türköne files objection against Constitutional Court’s judgment

Jailed columnist Türköne asks the Presidency of the Constitutional Court to resolve the discrepancies in its case-law

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Yeni Yaşam former responsible editor Osman Akın convicted of “propaganda”; academic Tuna Altınel acquitted in case where he remained behind bars for 81 days; press cards of dozens of journalists

Hayri Demir’s trial on “terrorism” charges adjourned until April

Demir reiterates that the supposed “evidence” is just journalism 

Academic Tuna Altınel acquitted at third hearing

Altınel was accused of “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist organization” for his involvement in an event in France last year

ANALYSIS – Judicial Reform Package: An old box in fancy wrapping

Although Article 7/2 of Turkey’s Anti-Terror Law is one of the most critical problems for press freedom and freedom of expression cases, it is clear that the amendment in this provision alone will not

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Jailed journalist İsmail Çoban sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison; T24 columnist Mehmet Y. Yılmaz appears in court on insult charge; İsmail Evren handed down 6-year sentence, released

Case against journalist Seyhan Avşar dropped at first hearing

Avşar, a reporter for Cumhuriyet daily, was charged with “insulting a public official” for writing about two public prosecutors who allegedly accepted bribes 

Arif Aslan and Selman Keleş’s trial to resume in May

“There is no evidence in the file to support the membership in a terrorist organization allegation. Despite this, I spent 8 months in prison and I’ve been on trial for 3 years,” journalist Aslan tells

Journalist İsmail Evren freed after 1 year behind bars

Evren, the former news director of Nokta magazine, was handed down a prison sentence of 6 years and 3 months