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.

Court rules to keep journalist Aziz Oruç behind bars

Ruling to lift the judicial control measures imposed on the undetained defendants, the court adjourned the trial until 9 November 

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Giving precedence to the MİT trucks case, court begins process to seize Can Dündar’s personal assets in Turkey; journalists Canan Coşkun and Can Uğur appear before court; RTÜK fines 4 TV channels

ANALYSIS - Demirtaş Case as a story of judicial harassment

The case represents a clear and concrete proof that even with a decision from the highest court ordering your release, you will not be given your freedom back unless the political authority allows it

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Ahmet Altan spends 4 years behind bars; five journalists sentenced for “exposing” MİT operative; Müyesser Yıldız ordered to pay TL 20,000 in compensation; Oktay Candemir arrested over Twitter post

Mehmet Altan files compensation case over unjust imprisonment

Granting 10 days for Altan’s lawyer to present relevant evidence, the court adjourned the trial until December 

5 journalists handed down prison sentences for "exposing" MİT operative

Journalists Hülya Kılınç, Barış Pehlivan, Murat Ağırel released; file against Erk Acarer separated

ECtHR president pays controversial visit to Turkey

Meeting with authorities in Ankara, Robert Spano receives honorary degree from Istanbul University, visits government appointed trustee in Mardin

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Journalist Rawin Sterk released at first hearing; Diken executives acquitted in “Fuat Avni” trial; Tele 1 broadcast suspended for 5 days; court blocks access to news reports about blocking of access

Council of Europe urges Turkey to immediately release Kavala

Committee of Ministers sees “strong presumption that Kavala’s current detention is a continuation of the violations" found by the European Court

Diken executives acquitted at first hearing

Harun Simavi, Erdal Güven and Semin Sezerer were charged with “aiding a terrorist organization” over Diken news portal’s coverage of tweets by “Fuat Avni”