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.

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Furkan Karabay imprisoned pending trial; Mehmet Yetim acquitted of “spreading false information;” Selçuk Bayraktar sues BirGün for TL 2 million in damages; access to Ekşi Sözlük again

ANALYSIS | Press cards issued by the state reflect the government’s ideology

Lawyer Devrim Avcı, TGS President Gökhan Durmuş and RSF Turkey Representative Erol Önderoğlu say journalists do not need a political authority to define the profession

Journalist Nimet Ölmez charged with "insulting a public official" in new case

The indictment against Ölmez was recently accepted by the Hakkari 1st Criminal Court of First Instance

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Sıddık Güler sent to prison; five journalists acquitted in three trials; Celalettin Can released from prison; Evrensel newspaper ordered to pay non-pecuniary damages

Journalist Sıddık Güler sent to prison after top court upheld his prison sentence

Güler's lawyer Murat Timur, who visited him in prison, said his client was thankful to all his colleagues who showed solidarity with him

INTERVIEW | Fırat Can Arslan: Prison administrations were baffled at the charge

Mezopotamya News Agency reporter Fırat Can Arslan recounts his arrest and the 100 days he spent in solitary confinement over a social media post he shared

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Ahmet Kanbal acquitted; Sedat Yılmaz released pending trial; Ertuğrul Mavioğlu and Çayan Demirel sentenced in retrial; access to Ekşi Sözlük blocked again

Journalist Sedat Yılmaz released pending trial

Sedat Yılmaz, who was jailed pending trial on 3 May, is charged with “establishing and administrating a terrorist organization” and “membership in a terrorist organization”

EXPERT OPINION | "Publicly disseminating misleading information" case against Ahmet Kanbal

Penned by lawyer Benan Molu, the third-party legal opinion examines the case against journalist Ahmet Kanbal within the framework of international and European human rights law principles

"Missing ballot box" case: Journalist Ahmet Kanbal acquitted

P24 prepared a third-party legal opinion on the case against Ahmet Kanbal, who was on trial for allegedly “spreading misleading information” over a social media post