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.

Journalist Hayri Demir’s trial adjourned for 5 days after 4-minute hearing

An expert report on digital materials seized from Demir, which was submitted to the court, shows the examined materials contain no elements of crime 

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Saturday Mothers trial adjourned due to arrests; Musa Anter case dropped on statute of limitations; journalist Hatice Şahin sentenced to 6 years and 3 months of imprisonment

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Jail term for journalist Rojda Oğuz; singer Gülşen released from house arrest but banned from travelling abroad; journalist Sinan Aygül arrested for not paying fine and released

Journalist Hatice Şahin given more than 6 years in prison in "terrorism" trial

“Kurdish journalists are constantly arrested or prosecuted on the basis of secret witness statements,” says lawyer

Journalist Rojda Oğuz given prison term for "terrorism propaganda"

Oğuz was acquitted of “membership in a terrorist organization” but sentenced to 18 months and 22 days for “terrorism propaganda.” The announcement of the verdict was deferred

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Jail term for journalists Eser and Topaloğlu; sentencing of journalist Uğur Yılmaz approved; case filed against two journalists reporting on citizens thrown out of helicopter

Journalists Sadiye Eser and Sadık Topaloğlu sentenced to more than 6 years in prison

Sadiye Eser and Sadık Topaloğlu, former employees of the Mezopotamya Agency, sentenced to 6 years and 3 months each for “membership in a terrorist organization”

Lawyer Efkan Bolaç stands trial for "insulting the President"

Lawyer Efkan Bolaç, who shared cartoonist Carlos Latuff’s drawings on the Soma mine accident and Berkin Elvan when Erdoğan was PM has appeared before the court for “insulting the President"

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Indictment filed for singer Gülşen; Greek journalist deported; journalists covering World Peace Day demos in Van and İstanbul threatened, harassed