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.
Voice of America Kurdish service reporter Arif Aslan was arrested along with now-defnuct Dicle News Agency reporter Selman Keleş on 20 March 2017 after taking pictures of concrete barriers placed in front of the Van Greater Municipality following its takeover by state-appointed trustees. The two journalists were imprisoned pending trial on the charge of “membership of a terrorist organization” on 31 March 2017, after spending 11 days in police custody.