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 Ayşegül Doğan handed down 6-year prison sentence

Doğan, the former program coordinator of shuttered İMC TV, sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison on charge of "membership of a terrorist organization"

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 271

Journalists Velat Öztekin, Dicle Müftüoğlu sentenced on “propaganda” charge; Alican Uludağ’s trial over Twitter post about former chief prosecutor begins; court upholds convictions in Büyükada trial

ANALYSIS | European Court's Ahmet Şık judgments from 2014 to 2020

The failure to evaluate the circumstances of Ahmet Şık, who has been subjected to judicial harassment throughout his career, is more worrying than the approach concerning standard of proof

Columnist Nagehan Alçı's trial adjourned

The plaintiff judge Hakkı Yalçınkaya claimed that Alçı was being protected by the prosecution and demanded that she be brought to court by force

Council of Europe strongly urges Turkey to release Osman Kavala

Urging authorities to ensure that the Constitutional Court examines Kavala’s application without further delay, the Committee of Ministers decided to resume its examination of the case in March

Journalist Alican Uludağ appears in court over Twitter post

Uludağ is charged with “making those involved in combatting terrorism a target” for criticising the former Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor

Constitutional Court rejects application against Ahmet Altan's re-arrest

Top court rejects claims that Altan’s unlawful re-arrest and the biased decisions of the courts that ruled for his re-arrest violated his right to liberty and security

Regional court upholds convictions in Büyükada trial

HRDs Taner Kılıç, Günal Kurşun, İdil Eser and Özlem Dalkıran were convicted of "terror" charges at the final hearing of the trial, which concluded in July

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