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.

Erdem Gül handed jail term in "MİT trucks" retrial

Gül was on trial for reporting on allegations of transfer of arms and ammunition to jihadist groups in Syria with intelligence organization trucks that were stopped by the gendarmerie in 2014

Joint statement: Press freedom and human rights groups call for release of Dicle Müftüoğlu

P24 and 16 other international press freedom and human rights organizations call for journalist and Dicle Fırat Journalists Association Co-Chair Dicle Müftüoğlu’s release

Nadiye Gürbüz acquitted of "terrorism" charges

Court rules that the charges brought against ETHA editor Gürbüz are not defined as crime in the law

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Court abides by decision to overturn convictions in retrial of 3 Gezi defendants; Sıddık Güler released; Neşe İdil sentenced; Furkan Karabay faces new investigations, 1 new court case

Journalist Sıddık Güler released from prison

Güler, who was released on probation after 2 months in prison in Van, says he will continue his journalism from where he left off

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Six journalists detained in İzmir released; Nuray Atmaca detained; Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and Fevzi Yazıcı sentenced to imprisonment in retrial; Zafer Arapkirli ordered to pay fine

Journalist Nagihan Yılkın ordered to pay fine on charge of "insulting a public official"

The case against Yılkın and Büyüksipahi was filed upon a complaint by former Gaziantep Governor Davut Gül over a news story published on Cumhuriyet's online edition on 5 March 2022

Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and Fevzi Yazıcı handed jail term in retrial

The prosecutor has requested sentencing for Altan, Ilıcak and Yazıcı on the charge of “aiding a terrorist organization,” and Şimşek’s acquittal of “membership in a terrorist organization”

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Constitutional Court rules for “rights violations” in the access block decision for P24’s news item; Kibriye Evren detained; 23 rights advocates acquitted

One journalist given jail term, two acquitted in the Demokratik Modernite case

The case files of Mehmet Nimet Sevim and Cihan Doğan were separated in the trial over articles in issue 36 of the Demokratik Modernite magazine