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.

Journalist Cihan Acar sent back to prison

Acar surrendered to Edirne Prison on 23 June 2020 to serve the remainder of the 6-year sentence he was given in 2018

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Three journalists released as their trial on “Disclosing identity of MİT official” charge begins; journalist Özgür Paksoy handed down prison sentence; court upholds Canan Kaftancıoğlu's sentence

Journalists accused of "exposing MİT operative" appear in court

Barış Terkoğlu, Ferhat Çelik and Aydın Keser released pending trial, Barış Pehlivan, Hülya Kılınç, Murat Ağırel ordered to remain behind bars; next hearing set for 9 September

Journalist Deniz Yücel’s trial adjourned 

Ruling to re-examine Yücel’s file in light of his lawyer’s defense statement, the court adjourned the trial until 16 July 

Journalists jailed for reporting on MİT operative killed in Libya to appear in court

First hearing of seven journalists and one municipal press officer set for 24 June at Istanbul 34th High Criminal Court

Normalization measures in courthouses hinder journalists’ efforts

Crowding in courthouses continues as courts resume hearings, raising questions on the effectiveness of measures taken against the spread of Covid-19

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Top court rules Demirtaş and Erdem’s detention violated their rights; journalist Beritan Canözer handed down prison sentence; six journalists released as Supreme Court overturns their convictions

Top court rules Eren Erdem’s detention violated his right to liberty

Ruling that Erdem was unlawfully detained as part of the Karşı newspaper trial, the Constitutional Court orders payment of TL 30,000 in compensation

Top court: Selahattin Demirtaş’s detention violated his right to liberty

Despite the top court's judgment and the trial court’s release order in September 2019, Demirtaş remains behind bars due to his rearrest as part of another investigation

Six journalists released based on Supreme Court judgment

Trial court rules to release Ahmet Memiş, Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Gökçe Fırat, Ünal Tanık, Yakup Çetin and Yetkin Yıldız; sets 4 November 2020 as the date for their retrial