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.

Under Attack: A portrait of Turkey on Press Freedom Day

Under Attack, an exhibition documenting the pressure and violence facing journalists, can be viewed until 3 September

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 355

Judicial recess formally begins; court orders removal of news reports on access ban on reports on Emine Erdoğan; JinNews reporter faces “terrorism” investigation; BİK penalizes

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 354

ECtHR: Turkey failed to fulfill its obligations; Metin Cihan’s Twitter account temporarily restricted; Yeni Yaşam's Azime Bozkurt detained; prosecutor decides against prosecuting Özgür Boğatekin

ECtHR: Turkey failed to fulfill its obligations in Kavala case

The Grand Chamber said it was not possible to conclude that Turkey acted in "good faith" or in a manner compatible with the "spirit" of the Kavala judgment

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 353

Journalists forcibly removed, detained in protests in İstanbul, Ankara; Ali Ergin Demirhan acquitted; European Court will announce Osman Kavala decision on 11 July; Press Ethics Code amended

Ali Ergin Demirhan acquitted of "insulting the president"

Demirhan was charged with “insulting the president” over a social media post that criticized Turkey’s Syria policy

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 352

Deutsche Welle, VOA websites blocked in Turkey; “disinformation bill” postponed to fall; Abdurrahman Gök convicted in “terrorism” trial

Journalist Vedat Örüç acquitted

Örüç, who was detained while covering a demonstration, has been acquitted of charges

Access to websites of Voice of America, Deutsche Welle blocked

The two broadcasters were required in February by broadcasting watchdog RTÜK to apply for licenses