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.

Mümtazer Türköne’s trial adjourned until October

Türköne, a former columnist for the shuttered Zaman newspaper, is charged with “insulting the president” over an article he penned in 2014 CANSU PİŞKİN, ISTANBUL 

Austrian journalist Max Zirngast acquitted 

Zirngast and 2 of his co-defendants remained behind bars for 3 months as part of the case. They were charged with “membership in a terrorist group” 

Observers not allowed into courtroom at hearing of TV10 staff

Trial of former TV10 employees Kemal Demir and Kemal Karagöz on the charge of “membership in a terrorist group” adjourned until 14 November CANSU PİŞKİN, ISTANBUL 

Altans’ lawyer files daily petition with Council of Judges and Prosecutors

Lawyer Figen Albuga Çalıkuşu requests HSK to replace court panel, saying the court has lost its impartiality CANSU PİŞKİN, ISTANBU

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Photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan handed down prison term on “propaganda” charge; First-ever acquittal verdict rendered in an academic’s trial after Constitutional Court ruling; CHP polit

Photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan given 20-month jail sentence

Court acquits Erdoğan of “membership in a terrorist group” but convicts him of “systematically disseminating propaganda for a terrorist group” CANSU PİŞKİN, ISTANBUL

ETHA journalists İsminaz Temel and Havva Cuştan’s trial resumes

Expert opinion by Article 19 concerning the charges against İsminaz Temel presented to court during the hearing  CANSU PİŞKİN, ISTANBUL

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Journalist Mehmet Baransu ordered to remain behind bars at the end of 21st hearing in Taraf trial; 5 journalists arrested in Mardin released after 6 days in custody; journalist

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