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.

Documentary filmmaker Sibel Tekin appears before the court

The court has ruled to order an expert’s report for investigating whether Tekin had purposefully filmed the correction officers subject to the complaint

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Access to mostly pro-Kurdish news sites, accounts blocked; RTÜK fines 3 stations over quake coverage; trial of 11 journalists to begin in May; journalism in quake zone

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Indictment drawn up against 11 journalists arrested in Ankara; journalists in earthquake zone face obstructions; sexual assault defendant files complaint against journalist İdris Yayla

Journalism in quake zone: Journalists report obstructions, harassments

Journalist Mir Ali Koçer summoned to give statement for his reporting on the earthquake aftermath. Journalists continue to report obstructions. 26 journalists killed in twin earthquakes

Journalism in quake zone: Investigations, detentions, assaults

At least four journalists were arrested while covering the earthquake. Social media accounts have faced investigations over the posts on the earthquake. Access to Twitter and TikTok was blocked

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Investigations, detentions, obstructions against journalists covering devastating quakes; journalist Nazlıcan Yıldız imprisoned; Mustafa Sönmez acquitted of “insulting the president"

Journalist detained in Diyarbakır asked about interviewee's comments

MA reporter Mehmet Güleş and a search-and-rescue volunteer he interviewed at a wreckage site in Diyarbakır have been charged with “spreading false information

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ECtHR condemns Turkey in journalist Abdullah Kılıç’s application; documentary filmmaker Sibel Tekin released; Metin Uca briefly arrested

ECtHR rules for rights violations in journalist Abdullah Kılıç’s case

The ECtHR has ruled that Abdullah Kılıç’s “right to liberty and security” and “right to freedom of expression” were violated. The court has ordered Turkey to pay Kılıç 13,375 Euros in damages