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 Nimet Ölmez acquitted of "insulting a public official"

Ölmez, who stood trial upon a complaint by AKP Provincial Chair Zeydin Kaya said, “I could not have stayed silent when a 13-year old girl was sexually assaulted and pushed to suicide”

Journalist Mehmet Salih Turan’s case on charge of "terrorism propaganda" dropped

The court ruled to drop the case on the grounds that the five years of probation under deferment of the sentence has expired

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Duygu Kıt provides a statement over her reporting after mine collapse; Dutch parliament takes “Kavala and Demirtaş” step; Oktay Candemir investigated for “insulting a public official"

Duygu Kıt gives statement over reporting following mine collapse

Journalist Kıt said it was both her “right and duty to report on a development that could place nature and the environment under risk”

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ECtHR to prioritize Kavala’s second application; CHP MP Utku Çakırözer releases press freedom report; Mesopotamia Women Journalists Association releases violations report

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Many journalists threatened, obstructed and detained on day of local elections and afterwards; former DİHA reporter Murat Verim released; two journalists acquitted; RTÜK to investigate TRT Haber

ANALYSIS | Constitutional Court’s annulment of the Law no. 7262 and associations

By annulling some articles of the Law no. 7262, the Constitutional Court has partially, and likely temporarily, halted the civil society front of rising authoritarianism

Journalists detained, attacked, threatened over election coverage

At least seven journalists have been detained while covering protests in the aftermath of last weekend’s local elections while two journalists threatened, and others subjected to physical attacks

ANALYSIS | New judicial package "takes us further back than legislation annulled by top court"

The 8th Judicial Package was published in the Official Gazette and came into force in March. Experts say the provision replacing Article 220/6 of the Penal Code may have graver consequences

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Four journalists sentenced to imprisonment in three trials; Yeni Şafak reporter who targeted Elif Bayburt ordered to pay damages; Gökay Başcan acquitted of the same charge for the second time

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