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.

ANALYSIS - Article 220/7: The unlawfulness of Turkey’s anti-terror legislation

The ambiguity and exceptionality of the TMK and these features' clear reflections on criminal law facilitates interferences with journalism and, more generally, with fundamental rights

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 239

Turkey ranks 154th out of 180 countries in Press Freedom Index; indictment issued against journalists jailed in Odatv investigation; journalist Hazal Ocak charged with “insulting public official"

ANALYSIS: Early release bill ruins fragile trust in justice system

Government’s latest judicial reform package confirms that “thought is the most serious crime” as journalists, political prisoners convicted of terrorism-related charges continue to be held in prisons

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 238

New indictment accuses journalists Uludağ and Akça of “disclosing identities of informants”; Parliament passes early release bill, journalists and other political prisoners excluded

Rights groups: Free Osman Kavala and all jailed HRDs

Issued on the 900th day of Osman Kavala’s detention, the statement by the Solidarity Network for Human Rights Defenders says Kavala and other detainees’ right to life is under serious threat

37 rights groups call on Turkey to release persons in pre-trial detention

Rights groups urge Council of Judges and Prosecutors to issue clear guidance to local courts that pre-trial detention should be avoided in line with international law amid Covid-19 crisis

Rights groups: Release all prisoners detained arbitrarily

Joint statement by 24 rights groups says early release law passed in Parliament unjustifiably excludes tens of thousands who are imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of their rights

Parliament passes early release bill, political prisoners excluded

Although government claims that bill is aimed at protecting detainees from Covid-19 outbreak, journalists and other political prisoners jailed on “terrorism” charges will remain behind bars

Ahmet Altan’s lawyer requests urgent release amid Covid-19 threat

In her petition to the Supreme Court, lawyer Çalıkuşu says first deaths in prisons from Covid-19 confirmed, requests urgent release of Altan

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 237

Prosecutor appeals verdicts in Gezi Park trial, seeks re-arrest of Osman Kavala; journalist Fatih Portakal faces complaint from President Erdoğan and BDDK; comedian jailed over stand-up show