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.

Journalist Fırat Can Arslan acquitted at first hearing

Arslan was jailed pending trial on 25 July for a social media post about the relocations of a public prosecutor and a judge; expert opinion by P24 on case against Arslan submitted to court

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Selahattin Kaygusuz placed in pre-trial detention; file sent to prosecutor for final opinion in retrial of “Altans case;” sentence requested for Fırat Bulut for “spreading false information"

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Rohat Bulut threatened and assaulted; case filed by President Erdoğan’s former lawyer against Furkan Karabay dismissed; trial of Ahmet Kanbal for “spreading false information” begins

PANEL DISCUSSION | The first year of Turkey’s "disinformation" law

İFÖD lawyer Melike Türkay and RSF Turkey Representative Erol Önderoğlu discuss the effects of the provision publicly known as the "disinformation" law on media freedom in Turkey

ANALYSIS | At least 24 journalists faced legal action in a year under "disinformation" law

Professor Hasan Sınar asserts that besides containing no measures to prevent the spread of false information, Turkey’s “disinformation” law contradicts the fundamental principles of criminal law

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PACE passes resolution for immediate release of Osman Kavala; Eylül Deniz Yaşar acquitted of "terrorism propaganda"; 3 journalists targeted on social media

Online panel | The strike at Sputnik Turkey

Günce Nur İnce and Nejdet Eksilmez, who are among journalists laid off by Sputnik Turkey, and İlyas Coşkun from TGS discuss the strike at Sputnik Turkey and the journalists' right to unionization

Merdan Yanardağ sentenced and released at first hearing

Appearing before the court on the 100th day of his imprisonment, Merdan Yanardağ has been sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison for “terrorism propaganda"

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Merdan Yanardağ found guilty and released; Ayşenur Arslan detained, RTÜK fines channel; Ahmet Kanbal detained during house raid

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Supreme Court of Appeals renders verdict in Gezi trial; sports editor Eren Tutel given judicial fine; case against Reyhan Çapan dismissed due to statute of limitations