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.

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 266

Journalists Abdurrahman Gök, Nurcan Yalçın face "terrorism" charges; Hayri Tunç given 2-year sentence; access to JinNews, ETHA, Yeni Demokrasi blocked; Hülya Oruç to stand trial for social media posts

Journalist Necla Demir acquitted of "insulting the president"

Demir, the former publisher of the news portal Gazete Karınca, was on trial over two news reports published in 2016

Journalist Hakan Aygün’s trial adjourned until January

Aygün remained behind bars for a month as part of the trial, where he is charged with “insulting religious values” over a Twitter post

Journalist Hazal Ocak acquitted

Hazal Ocak was accused of "insulting a public official" over her report on a plot of land allegedly purchased by Minister Berat Albayrak, published in January in Cumhuriyet newspaper

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 265

Sabiha Temizkan sentenced to 1 year and 3 months on “propaganda” charge; Eren Keskin appears in court over social media posts; prosecutor seeks conviction for Onur Emre Yağan

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 264

İshak Yasul, Arafat Dayan handed down prison sentences; court upholds convictions in Sözcü trial; Özgür Boğatekin faces new indictment; prosecutor seeks conviction for Can Dündar

Prosecutor seeks conviction for Can Dündar in "MİT trucks case"

Court rejects objection to confiscation of Dündar’s assets; trial adjourned until 4 December for Dündar’s final defense statement

Joint statement: Kavala Indictment Constitutes Denial of Law

The Solidarity Network for Human Rights Defenders issues joint statement condemning new indictment which seeks aggravated life sentence for Osman Kavala

Taraf trial adjourned until December

Court rules to keep former Taraf reporter Mehmet Baransu behind bars, sets 9 December as the date for the next hearing

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 263

Four journalists including Mezopotamya Agency reporters jailed in Van; new indictment seeks aggravated life sentence for Osman Kavala; Can Dündar’s personal assets seized