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.

File of Metin Cihan separated in TÜGVA case

The court separates the case file for journalist Metin Cihan, who is on trial for sharing TÜGVA documents and sentences Ramazan Aydoğdu for sending the documents to Cihan

Journalist Nazan Özcan acquitted

Former Editor-in-Chief of the bianet news website Nazan Özcan has been acquitted in the trial filed upon a complaint filed by Mustafa Doğan İnal, former lawyer for President Erdoğan

Journalist Eylül Deniz Yaşar appears before court

The court has adjourned the trial until 22 June 2023 to investigate whether Eylül Deniz Yaşar, who is charged with “terrorism propaganda,” holds a press card

10 journalists arrested in Diyarbakır-based operation

At least 128 people, including journalists, artists, politicians and lawyers have been detained in the operation held with 19 days to go until the elections

Joint statement: International groups demand release of Kurdish journalists, lawyers, party officials arrested in pre-election crackdown

18 rights organizations including P24 call on Turkish authorities to stop the systematic harassment and intimidation of Kurdish journalists, media workers, media outlets, the lawyers

Journalists barred from the hearing in imprisoned journalist Ceylan Şahinli’s trial

The trial of Şahinli, who has been imprisoned pending trial in another case, on charges of “terrorism propaganda” was adjourned until 12 June 2023

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Journalist Serdar Akinan detained after covering allegations by Muhammed Yakut; journalist Mehmet Güleş sentenced in his retrial; rights defender Eren Keskin detained at airport

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Appellate court overturns acquittal judgment for journalist Hayri Demir; 18 journalists detained in Diyarbakır to appear in court in July; press freedom organizations condemn RTÜK

Media freedom groups condemn RTÜK role in punishing critical reporting ahead of elections

"Suppression of media denies public access to information and undermines legitimacy of electoral process,” the signatory groups say in a joint statement released on 13 April

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Journalist Görkem Kınacı acquitted; Supreme Court of Appeals reverses Enis Berberoğlu and Erdem Gül judgment; graphic designer briefly detained for “Thanks to Erdoğan” stickers