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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Indictment issued against jailed journalist Rawin Sterk Yıldız; Parliament passes controversial social media law; appeal against detention of journalists Kılınç, Pehlivan and Ağırel rejected

Rawin Sterk Yıldız charged with "propaganda," "membership of terrorist group"

Jailed pending trial since March, Rudaw TV reporter Yıldız will appear before a criminal court in Istanbul on 2 September for the first hearing of his trial

Free speech to be further curbed through social media law

Opposition lawmakers Gergerlioğlu and Çakırözer warn that the restrictions on social media will pose a profound obstacle to freedom of expression

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Journalist Aziz Oruç ordered to remain behind bars; Parliament’s Justice Commission approves AKP’s social media draft law; journalist Mehmet Baransu handed down 19.5 years in prison 

Professor Kayıhan Pala gives statement over Covid-19 remarks

Pala says scientific analysis he offered was not related to his work at the university and asks rectorate to send his case file to the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office

Social media "censorship" bill introduced in Parliament

Tabled by ruling party AKP and ally MHP, the controversial legislation forces social media companies to appoint legal representatives and keep user data in Turkey

Jailed journalist Rawin Sterk Yıldız’s file sent to Istanbul

Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office referred the file of Yıldız, who has been jailed since March, to Istanbul 

Analysis: Internet and media freedoms under increased threat as gov’t pushes for social media bill

Government introduces in Parliament legislation that requires social media providers to appoint legal representatives and keep user data in Turkey

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Prosecutor seeks conviction for Mehmet Baransu and Murat Şevki Çoban on three charges; Deniz Yücel handed down prison sentence for “propaganda”

Journalist Deniz Yücel handed down prison sentence for "propaganda"

Court rules to file new charges against Yücel for “insulting the president” and “insulting the Turkish Republic” over his articles and his defense statement to the court

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