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.

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 265

Sabiha Temizkan sentenced to 1 year and 3 months on “propaganda” charge; Eren Keskin appears in court over social media posts; prosecutor seeks conviction for Onur Emre Yağan

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 264

İshak Yasul, Arafat Dayan handed down prison sentences; court upholds convictions in Sözcü trial; Özgür Boğatekin faces new indictment; prosecutor seeks conviction for Can Dündar

Prosecutor seeks conviction for Can Dündar in "MİT trucks case"

Court rejects objection to confiscation of Dündar’s assets; trial adjourned until 4 December for Dündar’s final defense statement

Joint statement: Kavala Indictment Constitutes Denial of Law

The Solidarity Network for Human Rights Defenders issues joint statement condemning new indictment which seeks aggravated life sentence for Osman Kavala

Taraf trial adjourned until December

Court rules to keep former Taraf reporter Mehmet Baransu behind bars, sets 9 December as the date for the next hearing

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 263

Four journalists including Mezopotamya Agency reporters jailed in Van; new indictment seeks aggravated life sentence for Osman Kavala; Can Dündar’s personal assets seized

Journalists stand trial for coverage of refugee crisis near Greek border

Trial of Mezopotamya Agency reporters İdris Sayılğan and Naci Kaya on charge of “illegally entering into a military zone” adjourned until 27 January 2021

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 262

Journalists Faruk Bostan, Bülent Karagöz jailed; prosecutor issues new indictment against Osman Kavala; reporter Selda Manduz arrested in Kars; court issues arrest warrant for journalist Nuri Akman

ANALYSIS: Prosecutors return to criminal courts of first instance

The participation of public prosecutors in proceedings before criminal courts of first instance after nine years of absence is not a novelty; it cannot be considered a reform

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 261

Dozens arrested in operation targeting social media movement; Mümtazer Türköne released; indictment issued against Müyesser Yıldız and İsmail Dükel; sentences in Özgür Gündem solidarity trial upheld

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