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.

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ETHA reporter Pınar Gayıp arrested; Özgür Boğatekin handed down 18-month sentence; prosecutor seeks life sentence for jailed journalist Mustafa Gökkılıç; journalist Orhan Uğuroğlu assaulted

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MA reporter Mehmet Aslan jailed; journalist Ayten Akgün given 11-month sentence; top court rules house arrest violated Şahin Alpay’s right to liberty; Müyesser Yıldız and İsmail Dükel face new charge

Journalists Müyesser Yıldız and İsmail Dükel face new charge

Odatv’s Yıldız and Tele1 TV’s Dükel are charged with “securing confidential information” in a new indictment against them, which the court decided to merge with the ongoing trial in December

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Top Court rejects Osman Kavala’s second application; journalist Mazlum Dolan sentenced to 7.5 years in prison; RTÜK exclusively fined opposition TVs in 2020

Report: Turkey’s implementation of ECtHR judgments on free speech

Report examines key European Court judgments against Turkey finding violations of freedom of expression and Turkey's track record in execution of these judgments

Constitutional Court rejects Osman Kavala’s application

Ruling by a majority of 8 votes to 7, the Plenary finds “no violations” in Kavala’s application against his ongoing detention on “espionage” charge

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Can Dündar sentenced to 27.5 years in retrial of "MİT trucks case"; Supreme Court upholds 3 convictions in Zaman trial; Dindar Karataş charged with "membership of a terrorist group" in new indictment

Supreme Court upholds 3 convictions, overturns 4 judgments in Zaman trial

Ruling that Türköne, Alpay, and Bulaç should have been charged with "aiding a terrorist organization," the Court says Mehmet Özdemir should have been convicted of "membership of a terrorist group"

Can Dündar sentenced to 27 years over "MİT trucks" coverage

Court renders judgment in the absence of Dündar’s lawyers, who refused to attend the hearing citing the lack of impartiality of the judges

European Court orders Selahattin Demirtaş’s immediate release

The Grand Chamber finds that Demirtaş’s detention pursued ulterior motive, violated his freedom of expression, right to liberty and security and right to stand for election

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