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.

Trial of police officers who engaged in violence against Gökhan Biçici commences

The prosecutor demands that the case against the police officers who engaged in violence against Biçici dismissed due to statute of limitations. The trial is adjourned until 13 September

İHD Co-Chair Öztürk Türkdoğan acquitted in "insult" case

İHD Co-Chair Türkdoğan was on trial for “insulting a public official” upon a complaint filed by Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu

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Parliamentary debates on “disinformation bill” postponed; court dismisses compensation case filed by Mehmet Altan; ECtHR rejects Turkey’s objections in Nazlı Ilıcak, Deniz Yücel applications

ANALYSIS | "Disinformation" law: A blackhole to banish unwelcome news

With Law No. 5651 having grabbed internet journalism by the throat, we can foresee that freedom of the press will be rendered meaningless and ineffectual with the new bill

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15 journalists imprisoned in Diyarbakır; journalist İnci Hekimoğlu detained; appellate court upholds Nazlı Ilıcak’s conviction; Devrim Ayık and Mehmet Arslan convicted

15 journalists, 1 media worker imprisoned in Diyarbakır

After 8 days in police custody, the journalists have been imprisoned pending trial on the charge of “membership in a terrorist organization”

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20 journalists arrested in Diyarbakır; Dicle Müftüoğlu released after 4 days in custody; journalist Zübeyde Sarı indicted over social media posts

20 journalists detained in Diyarbakır-based investigation

Lawyers of the defendants were denied access to the arrest warrants on the ground that the investigation was still ongoing

International groups call on Parliament to reject "disinformation" bill as a tool of censorship

P24 and 23 other media freedom, freedom of expression and journalists’ organisations call for the immediate dismissal of the bill on "disinformation and fake news"

Verdicts of conviction in Taraf trial taken to court of appeal

Journalists Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Çongar, Yıldıray Oğur and Mehmet Baransu were sentenced to a total of 23 years in prison at the end of the case