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.

Open letter to president of the European Court of Human Rights

Journalist and dismissed academic Mehmet Altan addresses ECtHR President Robert Spano ahead of his planned visit to Turkey

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Journalist Erkan Akkuş jailed pending trial; journalist Özgür Boğatekin sent to prison over 2015 news coverage; Can Ataklı accused of “insulting the president”; RTÜK fines Tele 1 over Evrensel video

Journalist Özgür Boğatekin sent to prison over 2014 news coverage

Boğatekin was sentenced in 2015 to 1 year and 15 days in prison over his reporting about the former district governor of Gerger

Journalist Erkan Akkuş jailed pending trial

Akkuş, a former anchor and news director at the now-defunct TV stations Kanaltürk and Bugün TV, is charged with "membership of a terrorist organization"

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RTÜK fines five TV channels; journalist Şaban Önen assaulted by relatives of local mayor; access to dozens of online content blocked in a week; journalist Hakan Aygün arrested twice over same post

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Trial of former Taraf journalists adjourned until October; websites of Özgürüz Radyo and JinNews blocked; thousands of social media users investigated

Trial of former Taraf journalists postponed to October

Court ruled at the end of the two-day hearing to keep the only jailed defendant in the case, Mehmet Baransu, behind bars until next hearing 

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Newspaper owner in Batman faces charges over reports on sexual assault incident; new Covid-19 cases reported in prisons but no official data released for weeks

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