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 – 369

Medical assoc. head Şebnem Korur Fincancı imprisoned pending trial; 11 journalists arrested in house raids; İsmail Arı sentenced to 2 years in prison; RTÜK broadcasting ban on Tele 1 stayed

Trial of journalist Sibel Hürtaş adjourned: Plaintiff police officers to be brought in by force

The court rules for the three plaintiff police officers who did not attend the hearing to be brought in by force

Journalist Ramazan Ölçen’s trial adjourned until February

The trial has been adjourned until 13 February 2023, as journalist Ölçen was abroad and could not deliver his defense

Prosecutor demands conviction for journalist Sezgin Kartal

Presenting their opinion on the case at the first hearing in the trial of Sezgin Kartal, the prosecutor demanded that the journalist be sentenced for the impugned crime

Pop-star Gülşen appears before judge

Court lifted the obligation of giving signature imposed as a judicial measure but kept the international travel ban in place in trial of Gülşen charged with “inciting the people to hatred and enmity"

ANALYSIS | "Battle for truth" officially under way in Turkey

With the “disinformation” law entering in force, there is concern that not only journalists but also ordinary citizens with social media accounts will be put on trial

Mehmet Kızmaz, Cumhuriyet newspaper ordered to pay compensation

The action for compensation filed by TÜGVA against journalist Kızmaz and the Cumhuriyet newspaper has been accepted in part. The court ordered Kızmaz and Cumhuriyet to pay TL15,000 in compensation

Prison sentence for Mehmet Emin Kurnaz

Journalist Mehmet Kurnaz has been sentenced to 11 months and 20 days in jail each for “insulting a public official” and “insulting the President.” The sentence was deferred for both offenses

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 368

The “Disinformation” law comes into effect; journalists Görkem Kınacı, Uğur Şahin and Uğur Koç acquitted; Evrensel newspaper ordered to pay damages for criticizing SADAT

Journalists Görkem Kınacı, Uğur Şahin and Uğur Koç acquitted

Court rules to acquit Görkem Kınacı, Uğur Şahin and Uğur Koç on charges of “defamation” and “insulting a public official” in trial launched upon a complaint by Constitutional Court Judge İrfan Fidan