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 Agenda: Judicial crackdown on media, civil society intensifies

In the last quarter of 2022 that was overshadowed by debates over “disinformation” law, 10 journalists were imprisoned; 173 journalists stood trial in 99 cases

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Journalist Murat Verim imprisoned after being deported by Greece; journalist scolded, pushed away after asking question to MHP leader; Minister Varank sues T24 chief editor Doğan Akın

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Aziz Oruç acquitted, Dicle Müftüoğlu given jail term; Sinan Aygül detained upon MP's complaint; Nişmiye Güler acquitted; investigation launched into Oktay Candemir under “disinformation" law

Journalist Nişmiye Güler acquitted at first hearing

JinNews editor Nişmiye Güler was charged with "terrorism propaganda” over her social media posts

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Journalist Sezgin Kartal imprisoned on “terrorism” charges; BİK sets rules for news websites to receive public ads; Abdurrahman Gök's prison sentence upheld by appellate court

Şebnem Korur Fincancı convicted of "terrorism propaganda," released pending appeal

Human rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı has been senteced to 2 years 8 months and 15 days in prison for “terrorism propaganda.” The court has also ruled for the release of Korur Fincancı

Journalist Ender İmrek acquitted

İmrek was on trial on charges of "insulting the president" over a column

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Appellate court upholds jail term handed to Müyesser Yıldız; court releases 13 imprisoned defendants in GÖÇİZDER trial; Sibel Tekin charged with “membership in a terrorist organization"

Şebnem Korur Fincancı’s request to be released denied again

The court rules to keep Şebnem Korur Fincancı, who is on trial for “terrorism propaganda,” imprisoned pending trial. Defendant’s lawyers requested the recusal of the panel of judges