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.

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 228

Prosecutor submits final opinion in Gezi Park trial; Office of General Prosecutor asks Supreme Court of Appeals to uphold convictions in Altans case, quash convictions in Cumhuriyet trial 

Regional court upholds Ahmet Altan’s acquittal in “insult” case

Istanbul’s 21st Criminal Court of First Instance had acquitted Altan on 26 April 2018, saying that despite his words “being of an extremely critical or disturbing nature, they did not constitute an ac

Journalist Aydın Keser acquitted at first hearing

Yeni Yaşam daily’s Responsible Managing Editor Keser was charged with “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist group”

Aggravated life imprisonment sought for 3 defendants in “Gezi Park trial”

Prosecutor seeks aggravated life imprisonment for Osman Kavala, Mücella Yapıcı and Yiğit Aksakoğlu and up to 20 years in prison for Çiğdem Mater, Hakan Altınay, Mine Özerden, Can Atalay, Tayfun

“RedHack trial” against 6 journalists postponed

Court lifts international travel ban on journalists Derya Okatan and Eray Sargın; trial adjourned until 25 June

Prosecutor asks Supreme Court to quash convictions in Cumhuriyet trial

At the end of the retrial in November, the trial court had refused to abide by the Supreme Court’s judgment except in the case of Kadri Gürsel

Mehmet Altan’s extended detention violated his rights, top court rules

Altan to receive TL 30,000 in compensation for not being released from prison for 6 months despite Constitutional Court judgment

Supreme Court prosecutor asks court to uphold verdicts in Altans case

The General Prosecutor wrote that the appeals by the Presidency and the Parliament should be rejected on the grounds that these institutions are not entitled to appeal as intervening parties

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 227

27 Boğaziçi University students sentenced for staging anti-war protest; Jin News reporter Melike Aydın released; 50 social media users face investigation over tweets about quake in Elazığ

27 Boğaziçi students sentenced

20 students given 10 months in prison, 7 fined TL 6,000 for “spreading terrorism propaganda” over anti-war protest on campus; 3 acquitted

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