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.

Prosecutor seeks prison sentences for 5 defendants in Özgür Gündem trial

Prosecutor asks court to convict Aslı Erdoğan and Zana Kaya of “terrorism propaganda,” Eren Keskin, İnan Kızılkaya and Kemal Sancılı of “membership of a terrorist group”

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Constitutional Court rules former Zaman columnist Türköne’s rights not violated; Yeni Yaşam responsible editor Osman Akın handed down 5-month sentence; court refers Altans case to Supreme Court of App

Mümtazer Türköne’s application rejected by top court

Constitutional Court rules former Zaman columnist Türköne’s rights to liberty and security and freedom of expression not violated

Osman Akın handed down 5-month sentence

Akın, the former responsible editor of Yeni Yaşam daily, was on trial over a March 2019 report about prison conditions in Hatay H Type Prison

Trial of Seyhan Avşar and Necdet Önemli gets under way

Cumhuriyet’s Seyhan Avşar and Sözcü’s Necdet Önemli are charged with “making officials involved in the fight against terrorism a target” over news report about Sözcü trial prosecutor

Appellate court refers Altans case to Supreme Court

Istanbul Regional Court of Justice says case file falls within the jurisdiction of Supreme Court of Appeals as per Criminal Procedure Code 

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Appellate courts cancel Ahmet Altan’s sentence for “insulting Atatürk,” uphold another sentence on charges of “insulting the president” and “propaganda”; journalist Mehmet Erol to stand trial on “prop

Appellate courts vacate one sentence against Ahmet Altan, uphold another

A prison sentence Ahmet Altan was handed down for “insulting Atatürk” gets canceled while another court affirms a 5-year and 11-month sentence he was given on “propaganda” and “insulting the president

Ahmet Altan’s lawyer files daily petition with appellate court

Lawyer Çalıkuşu will be filing daily petitions with the 2nd Criminal Chamber of the Istanbul Regional Court of Justice for Ahmet Altan’s release 

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