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 – 308

New judicial year begins next week; writer Yavuz Ekinci faces lawsuit for Twitter posts from 8 years ago; top court issues judgment in defense of media freedom

ANALYSIS | RTÜK fines: "Lies will spread if you censor the truth"

Staggering RTÜK fines levied against TV stations for their coverage of recent wildfires may result in the spread of self-censorship and disinformation

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 307

Details of the new social media bill emerge; journalist Beritan Canözer released after days in police custody; presidential body to inspect CSOs

New social media bill foresees up to 5 years in jail for "fake news"

The bill drafted by the government also proposes fines against social media platforms if they refuse to reveal info on anonymous accounts

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 306

Beritan Canözer taken into custody; İbrahim Karakaş sentenced to 9 years in prison; Hikmet Tunç handed down 8-month sentence; 6 networks fined over wildfire coverage; Murat Ağırel threatened

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 305

Gezi trial, merged with retrial of 35 Beşiktaş fans, adjourned until October; Ahmet Kanbal to stand trial over social media post; 3 journalists taken into custody, dozens targeted in physical attacks