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 Abdurrahman Gök released pending trial at the second hearing

Journalist Abdurrahman Gök, who was detained in a house raid launched on 25 April 2023 and imprisoned pending trial on 27 April, has been released pending trial at the end of the second hearing

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İsmail Arı acquitted; court rules “no grounds for sentencing” in Zafer Arapkirli’s retrial; President Erdoğan files criminal complaint against journalist Metin Cihan

INTERVIEW | Abdurrahman Gök: "The motive behind my arrest is my Kemal Kurkut photos"

Ahead of his upcoming hearing, P24 contacted Abdurrahman Gök through his lawyer for an interview on the charges against him in his ongoing trial, his career as a journalist, and his prison conditions

Panel | Strike at Sputnik Turkey marks 100th day

Striking journalists Mehtap Yenidoğan, Sefa Söyler and Nejdet Eksilmez recount the process that led to the strike, their demands and the latest developments

Court rules "no grounds for sentencing" in Zafer Arapkirli’s retrial

In the retrial of Zafer Arapkirli prosecuted upon Nureddin Yıldız’s complaint, the court has ruled that there were no grounds for sentencing the journalist

Journalist İsmail Arı acquitted

Journalist İsmail Arı has been acquitted in the trial where he was charged over his reporting on former Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank's cousin winning a tender

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Former Zaman newspaper manager Mehmet Kamış imprisoned pending trial; Hacı Boğatekin given jail term; sentencing requested for Ayça Söylemez at the first hearing; Furkan Karabay sued twice for damages

Retrial of journalist Canan Coşkun gets underway

The retrial was ordered by the Constitutional Court, which held that the deferral of the sentence constituted a violation of Coşkun’s freedom of expression

ANALYSIS | Same voice throughout Turkey: Local journalism on its deathbed

Closures and mergers due to financial issues, the loss of editorial independence and judicial pressure have brought local journalism in Turkey to the point of extinction

Prosecutor demands conviction for journalist Ayça Söylemez at first hearing

Submitting their final opinion, the prosecutor asks the court to sentence Söylemez for "marking a public official assigned with the fight against terrorism as a target"

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