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.

Online panel: Journalists should not refrain from seeking legal action against police brutality

Journalist Beyza Kural, lawyer Meriç Eyüboğlu and trade union representatives Gülfem Karataş and Elif Akgül discussed the increasing police brutality against journalists in Turkey and impunity

Expression Interrupted releases latest freedom of expression and press report

109 journalists stood trial in May and June; 4 journalists were sentenced to a total of 9 years and 8 months in prison. Police violence against journalists increased; 5 journalists physically attacked

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District governor gets restraining order against local journalist; Özgür Gündem, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, ETHA trials postponed until November; court issues reasoned judgment in Hrant Dink murder trial

ANALYSIS | The Press Card Regulation: A means of designating gov't-approved journalists

The freshly amended Press Card Regulation makes it virtually impossible for dissenting journalists to obtain press cards

ANALYSIS | Can Turkey achieve democracy through judicial reform packages?

Judicial reform packages introduced in Turkey in recent years, though not without their merits, have barely changed anything substantial in the judicial culture, Lawyer Baran Doğan says

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Prosecutor appeals Melis Alphan’s acquittal; Cem Şimşek sentenced for "insulting" Erdoğan; Erk Acarer assaulted; Artı TV reporter Nazım Fayık taken into custody; Halk TV fined over Grup Yorum song

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Hakkı Boltan handed down 2-year sentence; Sinan Aygül sent to prison; İsmail Çoban sentenced to 4.5 years in retrial; local journalist İrfan Aydın taken into custody

Trial of five journalists who reported on torture allegations to continue in October

Adnan Bilen, Cemil Uğur, Nazan Sala, Şehriban Abi and Zeynep Durgut are charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” based on the news articles they wrote

Prosecutor demands sentence for journalists arrested in Özgür Gündem raid

Twenty-two journalists who were violently detained during the August 2016 raid on the newspaper’s Istanbul office are charged with “preventing police officers from performing their duty” and “insult”

Journalist Hayri Demir’s trial to continue in October

Demir is charged with “memberhsip in a terrorist organization” and “terrorism propaganda” over news material found in memory cards stolen from his home in 2016

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