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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Selahattin Demirtaş faces new investigation for his defense statement; court upholds journalist Mevlüt Öztaş’s conviction; Supreme Court overturns convictions of 6 journalists in “FETÖ media trial"

Jailed journalist Yetkin Yıldız’s lawyer files for his release

Lawyer Çalıkuşu files for journalist Yıldız’s release based on the Supreme Court ruling that overturned some of the convictions in the case publicly known as the “FETÖ media trial”

ANALYSIS: A shadow cast over the founding principles of RTÜK

The Radio and Television Supreme Council, a constitutional body that monitors radio and TV broadcasting and on-demand media services, has been stirring controversy because of its biased decisions

Jailed journalist Çetin Çiftçi tests positive for Covid-19

Çiftçi, who suffered a heart attack before being arrested, was hospitalized three times due to high blood pressure and tachycardia during imprisonment

CHP’s Çakırözer: Gov’t bodies turned into weapons against the press

Çakırözer says press freedom has always been problematic in Turkey and the situation hasn’t really changed after the pandemic 

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Journalist Rojhat Doğru jailed; Cumhuriyet, BirGün newspapers imposed public ad ban; radio host Nihat Sırdar given broadcast ban; at least 3 people jailed in a week over social media posts

HDP’s Gergerlioğlu: Early release law failed to ease prison conditions

Gergerlioğlu says number of detainees in cells increased as some cells were converted into quarantine units and not enough precautions are taken to counter the spread of Covid-19

ANALYSIS Gezi Park Trial: A portrait of unlawfulness

Whatever is claimed by the prosecution, whatever judgment comes out at the end of this trial, the innocence of Gezi Park protests in the public conscience will remain

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Evrensel journalists called in for questioning over Ragıp Zarakolu’s article; HSK launches investigation against two judges over social media posts

European Court’s Osman Kavala judgment becomes final

The European Court of Human Rights rejects Turkey’s request for the chamber judgment in Osman Kavala’s application to be referred to the Grand Chamber