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 - 378

Appellate court approves sentences for Kavala and his 7 co-defendants; Şebnem Korur Fincancı and TTB members facing “terrorism” investigation; Can Dündar placed on “wanted terrorists” list

Nedim Türfent: We were in prison within a prison

Nedim Türfent released after 6.5 years in prison: “We were in prison within a prison. Phone, sports, courses, common activity rights… All these rights are denied to detainees and convicts"

Rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı remains behind bars

Prominent rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı will appear before the court again on 29 December 2022 for “terrorism propaganda”

Journalist Sonya Bayık’s trial adjourned until 21 March

Bayık and co-defendants are charged with violating the law on demonstrations in connection with a 2019 protest in Batman

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 377

Documentary filmmaker Sibel Tekin imprisoned pending trial; journalist Sinan Aygül released after imprisoned under “disinformation” law; RTÜK issues penalties to Halk TV, Tele 1 and Fox TV

Journalist Hayri Demir given prison term for "terrorism propaganda"

The court sentences Demir to 1 year 21 months and 22 days of imprisonment for “terrorism propaganda” over his social media posts

Retrial of journalist Ramazan Akoğul adjourned

The court rules to await the response to the writ issued to the prosecutor’s office for a re-evaluation of the decision not to prosecute in another investigation concerning Akoğul

EXPERT OPINION: "Denigrating religious values" case against Baransel Ağca

In the expert opinion prepared by lawyer Benan Molu, Ağca’s trial is examined in the light of international and European human rights principles

EXPERT OPINION: TÜGVA documents case against Metin Cihan

Expert opinion prepared by lawyer Benan Molu states that the trial and conviction of Cihan could constitute a violation of the ECHR’s article 18 and of freedom of expression

ONLINE PANEL: An early look at 2023 in the shadow of new laws and bans

We have spoken about the law on disinformation and other obstructive practices with academic Yaman Akdeniz, TGS İstanbul Branch President Banu Tuna and CPJ Representative to Turkey Özgür Öğret