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.

ANALYSIS - A brief history of Academics for Peace: Scapegoating, dismissals, trials

A total of 822 academics appeared in 56 criminal courts across Turkey as part of “Academics for Peace” trials; courts found signatories of the petition “guilty” in all trials that concluded. Following

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 232

Eight journalists jailed pending trial in a week over their reporting or social media posts; journalist Aziz Oruç handed down 2-year sentence for “propaganda” 

Odatv editor-in-chief, three other journalists jailed pending trial

Yeni Yaşam daily’s Editor-in-Chief Ferhat Çelik, Responsible Editor Aydın Keser and Yeniçağ columnist Murat Ağırel jailed one day after being released

Rudaw TV reporter Rawin Sterk Yıldız jailed pending trial

Yıldız, who was taken into custody while covering the refugee crisis in Edirne, jailed on the charge of “spreading terrorism propaganda”

BirGün journalists’ trial adjourned until April

Court rules to merge new indictment against Barış İnce on the charge of “terrorist group membership” with ongoing case

Cumhuriyet columnist Işıl Özgentürk acquitted

Özgentürk was accused of “systematically making propaganda for a terrorist organization” through her social media posts

Journalists Barış Terkoğlu and Hülya Kılınç jailed pending trial

Terkoğlu and Kılınç are accused of “obtaining and disclosing documents and information concerning the MIT’s duties and operations” over a news report dated 3 March

Three journalists arrested while covering refugee crisis still in custody

Nine journalists arrested while covering the refugee crisis in Edirne have been released, three journos detained on 29 February remain in custody as of 4 March

Top court: Abdullah Kılıç’s arrest on new charge violated his right to liberty

Constitutional Court rejects other claims in Kılıç’s application but rules that the jailed journalist be paid TL 25,000 in compensation for his re-arrest

Journalist İdris Sayılğan released one day after being jailed in Edirne

Mezopotamya news agency reporter Sayılğan was sent to prison on 2 March on grounds that he “violated judicial control measures”

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