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 Şahin Alpay released from prison 

Released from Silivri after nearly 20 months of imprisonment, Alpay will now be subject to house arrest and a travel ban  The 13th High Criminal Court o

Court: Altans and Ilıcak co-perpetrators in coup attempt

Istanbul court maintains defendants in the Altans case “participated as perpetrators” in the failed coup attempt The Istanbul 26th High Criminal Court is

Prosecutor demands prison sentences for Cumhuriyet journalists

14 members of the newspaper’s staff, including Murat Sabuncu, Ahmet Şık and Kadri Gürsel face prison terms of up to 15 years. Akın Atalay not released A prosecutor de

Turkey’s top court: Alpay should be released

Constitutional Court orders Alpay to be released to eliminate consequences of rights violations The Plenary of Turkey’s Constitutional Court on March 15, 2018, ruled

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Sabuncu, Şık released pending the conclusion of Cumhuriyet trial; prison sentences handed down to all but one of the defendants in 26-suspect media trial Cumhuriyet d

Murat Sabuncu, Ahmet Şık released from prison

Imprisoned Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and reporter Ahmet Şık released on judicial control terms as major trial nears its end Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Murat S

25 journalists handed down prison sentences

25 journalists were sentenced on terror charges by an Istanbul court. None of the journalists still in detention were released pending the appeal, while 1 defendant was re-arres

Lawyers for Altan, Alpay call for implementation of top court’s rulings

Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay’s lawyers: “President’s words should be followed, top court rulings should not be ignored” Lawyers representing imprisoned journalists Me

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Arrest warrant for Ragıp Zarakolu lifted in sixth hearing of Özgür Gündem case, trial adjourned to June 4  The sixth hearing in the case against nine journalists and

European Court to render Şahin Alpay, Mehmet Altan rulings March 20

Strasbourg-based court announces date of upcoming verdict for the first time The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) will issue its judgments concerning imprisoned

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