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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Court rules to keep Osman Kavala in detention; new indictment issued against Nazan Sala; Genco Erkal, Gökhan Biçici stand trial for “insulting" Erdoğan; Fatih Gönül acquitted

Actor Genco Erkal appears in court

Erkal is charged with “insulting the president” based on three social media posts he shared in 2016 and 2020. Next hearing set for 11 March

"Saturday Mothers trial": Requests for recusal of judge rejected

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and ARTICLE 19 submit expert opinion on international human rights law and the right to protest; trial adjourned until 23 March 2022

ANALYSIS | Travel ban: A "temporary" measure or a punishment method?

How trial courts will proceed with int'l travel ban orders following the latest amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code and the Constitutional Court’s September 2021 judgment remains to be seen

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Trial of Charlie Hebdo executives and cartoonist begins; MA reporter Emrullah Acar taken into custody; Jin News reporter Hikmet Tunç’s house raided by police; Selda Manduz's acquittal reversed

Retrial of Keskin and Çapan to continue in December

The now-defunct newspaper’s former co-editor-in-chief and responsible editor are on trial for reports on Berkin Elvan, who died after being hit on the head by a tear-gas canister fired by police

ANALYSIS | Academics denied reinstatement despite Constitutional Court judgment

According to academics and lawyers evaluating the recent rejection decisions by the State of Emergency Procedures Investigation Commission, the timing is related to the process before the ECtHR

Journalist Dindar Karataş acquitted

Karataş, who was charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” on account of his reports, remained in pre-trial detention for 2.5 months as part of the case

Expression Interrupted publishes latest Freedom of Expression and the Press Agenda Report

A total of 102 journalists appeared before courts in 52 cases and 10 journalists were sentenced to a combined 39 years and 11 months in prison during the three-month period covered by the report

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Journalist Sinan Aygül handed down one more sentence; “Taraf trial” adjourned again; Sibel Hürtaş appears in court for resisting detention; investigation against Orhan Pamuk reopened