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 – 343

Kavala handed down life in prison, 7 defendants given 18 years in Gezi trial; all defendants acquitted in Bloomberg trial; İbrahim Haskoloğlu released; arrest warrant issued for Metin Cihan

All defendants acquitted in Bloomberg trial

Bloomberg reporters and other journalists were among 38 defendants who were charged with “violating the Capital Market Law”

Arrest warrant issued against journalist Metin Cihan

Metin Cihan is currently on trial for allegedly “insulting a public official due to their duty” over a social media post he shared in 2020

Kavala handed down life in prison, 7 defendants given 18 years in Gezi trial

The court ruled to sentence jailed businessperson Osman Kavala to aggravated life imprisonment on the charge of “attempting to overthrow the government,” and 7 co-defendants to 18 years each in prison

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 342

Journalist İbrahim Haskoloğlu imprisoned; the final hearing of Gezi trial adjourned until Monday; İHD Co-Chair Öztürk Türkdoğan and journalist Rüstem Batum acquitted

Derya Okatan offered fine procedure in "terrorism" case

If Okatan accepts the court’s proposal in 10 days, her trial for “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” will be dismissed 

İHD Co-Chair Öztürk Türkdoğan acquitted

Türkdoğan was charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” due to his public statements as the co-chair of the Human Rights Association

Journalist Hayri Demir’s trial postponed: Demir’s requests rejected

The court rejected Demir’s requests regarding the evidence against him, obtained in memory cards stolen from his home

Journalist Metin Cihan’s trial to resume in May

Metin Cihan is on trial on the charge of “illegally obtaining or disseminating personal data” for publishing leaked documents from the pro-government foundationTÜGVA. The trial was postponed until May

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 341

Appeals court upholds convictions in Özgür Gündem trial; Euronews no longer required to obtain license; Hasan Cemal, Genco Erkal acquitted; government works on bill against publishing unapproved data