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 - 399

Mustafa Mert Bildircin sentenced for “insulting the president;” Furkan Karabay given judicial fine; Ferhat Çelik detained; journalists Ruşen Takva, Oktay Candemir charged with “disinformation”

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 398

Nine journalists jailed since October 2022 released pending trial; judge blocks access to report on blocked websites; Metin Yoksu handed prison sentence; Doğan Akın acquitted in “insult” case

9 journalists released after 7 months in pre-trial detention

Nine journalists imprisoned pending trial since October 2022 for journalistic activities have been released after the first hearing. The trial was adjourned until 5 July 2023

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 397

Prosecutor demands sentence for Canan Coşkun and Barış Pehlivan; İsmail Arı faces investigation upon complaint filed by Turkish Red Crescent; Banu Acun arrested on TCK 301 allegation

ANALYSIS | Should there be "journalist MPs"?

Journalists-turned-politicians who are MPs or standing for parliament speak about the thin line between journalism and politics

ANALYSIS | What does politics promise for the "media of the second century"?

What does the choice between the People’s Alliance and the Nation Alliance mean for the future of freedom of expression and the media sector?

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 396

Three more journalists jailed; journalist Sinan Aygül handed prison sentence over his column; journalists assaulted by the police during news coverage; pop star Gülşen sentenced over joke

Pop star Gülşen handed 10 months of imprisonment

Pop star Gülşen Bayraktar has been sentenced to 10 months of imprisonment for “publicly denigrating a section of the people on grounds of differences of class, race, religion, sect, sex or region"

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 395

11 journalists arrested in Diyarbakır-based operation, 5 jailed pending trial; journalist Nazan Özcan acquitted; Oktay Candemir faces investigation on “disinformation” allegation