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.


Ahmet Altan

The renowned novelist and journalist has been imprisoned since Septe..

Ahmet Altan

Mehmet Baransu

Mehmet Baransu, a former correspondent for the now-defunct Taraf new..

Mehmet Baransu

Lokman Erdoğan

Lokman Erdoğan, an executive of the local daily Manşet published in ..

Lokman Erdoğan

Tunca Öğreten

Tunca Öğreten, a former news editor for news portal Diken, was arres..

Tunca Öğreten

Nazlı Ilıcak

Nazlı Ilıcak, a newspaper and television commentator, faces three ag..

Nazlı Ilıcak

Şahin Alpay

Şahin Alpay is a 74-year-old political scientist and a long-time col..

Şahin Alpay

Erdem Gül

Erdem Gül is the Ankara Bureau Chief for the Cumhuriyet newspaper. H..

Erdem Gül

Can Dündar

Can Dündar, the former editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet ..

Can Dündar

Nedim Türfent

Nedim Türfent, a correspondent of the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency ..

Nedim Türfent

Aslı Erdoğan

Aslı Erdoğan, a renowned novelist and a columnist and an Editorial A..

Aslı Erdoğan

Necmiye Alpay

Necmiye Alpay is a renowned linguist, writer and a member of the Edi..

Necmiye Alpay

Zehra Doğan

Zehra Doğan, 28, is a reporter and an editor of the pro-Kurdish Jin ..

Zehra Doğan

Ömer Çelik

Ömer Çelik, a news editor at the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dicle News A..

Ömer Çelik

Hüsnü Mahalli

Syrian born journalist Hüsnü Mahalli was detained on the morning of ..

Hüsnü Mahalli

Turhan Günay

Turhan Günay, veteran journalist and editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet ..

Turhan Günay

Özgür Amed

Özgür Amed, a columnist for the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which was sh..

Özgür Amed

Gökmen Ulu

Gökmen Ulu, the İzmir correspondent of Sözcü daily, was detained on ..

Gökmen Ulu

Kazım Kızıl

Documentarist, video-activist and journalist Kazım Kızıl was arreste..

Kazım Kızıl

Akın Atalay

Cumhuriyet Foundation Executive Board President Akın Atalay was take..

Akın Atalay

Bülent Utku

Bülent Utku, one of the lawyers of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, is also..

Bülent Utku

Güray Öz

Güray Öz, who is the news ombudsman and a columnist for Cumhuriyet, ..

Güray Öz

Aydın Engin

Cumhuriyet columnist Aydın Engin was detained on October 31, 2016 af..

Aydın Engin

Hikmet Çetinkaya

Hikmet Çetinkaya, one of Cumhuriyet’s most well-known writers, is al..

Hikmet Çetinkaya

Hakan Kara

Hakan Kara, a Cumhuriyet columnist and and member of Cumhuriyet Foun..

Hakan Kara

Mustafa Kemal Güngör

Attorney Mustafa Kemal Güngör, a Cumhuriyet Foundation board member,..

Mustafa Kemal Güngör

Nuriye Ural

Journalist and columnist Nuriye Ural, best known for the interviews ..

Nuriye Ural

Lale Sarıibrahimoğlu

Lale Sarıibrahimoğlu, a veteran defense reporter and a former column..

Lale Sarıibrahimoğlu

Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu

Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, the chairman of Ulusal Parti (National Party)..

Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu

Meşale Tolu

Meşale Tolu, a German citizen who worked as a reporter and translato..

Meşale Tolu

Çağdaş Erdoğan

Photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan was detained on September 2, 2017, wh..

Çağdaş Erdoğan

Erdoğan Alayumat

Erdoğan Alayumat, a reporter for the shuttered Dicle Media News Agen..

Erdoğan Alayumat

Eren Keskin

Lawyer and human rights defender Eren Keskin, although not a journal..

Eren Keskin

Orhan Kemal Cengiz

Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a human rights lawyer and former columnist, is o..

Orhan Kemal Cengiz

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Academic Şebnem Korur Fincancı faces "propaganda" charges in two sep..

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Seda Taşkın 

Mezopotamya Agency reporter Seda Taşkın, in pretrial detention at th..

Seda Taşkın 

Emin Şakir

Publisher Emin Şakir was imprisoned pending trial in November 2017

Emin Şakir

Aytekin Gezici 

Journalist and writer Aytekin Gezici was jailed pending trial on Jul..

Aytekin Gezici 

Nurcan Baysal

Journalist and author Nurcan Baysal was taken into custody on 22 Jan..

Nurcan Baysal

Ece Sevim Öztürk

Ece Sevim Öztürk was arrested on 8 June 2018 as part of an investiga..

Ece Sevim Öztürk

Ali Ünal

Ali Ünal was a longtime columnist for the Zaman daily, which was shu..

Ali Ünal

İshak Karakaş

Halkın Nabzı Editor in Chief İshak Karakaş was taken into custody on..

İshak Karakaş

İsminaz Temel

İsminaz Temel, an editor for the Etkin news agency (ETHA), was arres..

İsminaz Temel

Beritan Canözer

Reporter Beritan Canözer of the shuttered Jin News Agency (JINHA) wa..

Beritan Canözer

Pınar Gayıp

Etkin News Agency (ETHA) reporter Pınar Gayıp was arrested on 13 Apr..

Pınar Gayıp

Önder Çelik

Önder Çelik, a former Cumhuriyet Foundation executive board member, ..

Önder Çelik

Semiha Şahin

Etkin News Agency (ETHA) editor Semiha Şahin was arrested in Istanbu..

Semiha Şahin

Ayşe Düzkan

Journalist Ayşe Düzkan joined in a campaign for solidarity with the ..

Ayşe Düzkan

Pelin Ünker

Journalist Pelin Ünker was hit with three separate lawsuits over her..

Pelin Ünker

Yetkin Yıldız

Yetkin Yıldız, the former editor-in-chief of the news website Aktif ..

Yetkin Yıldız

Ufuk Şanlı

Ufuk Şanlı, a business journalist for a number of media outlets incl..

Ufuk Şanlı

Orhan Erinç

Orhan Erinç is the head of the Cumhuriyet Foundation's Board of Dire..

Orhan Erinç

Murat Aksoy

Murat Aksoy, a columnist for the shuttered Yeni Hayat daily and an a..

Murat Aksoy

Mümtazer Türköne

Mümtazer Türköne, an academic and columnist for the shuttered Zaman ..

Mümtazer Türköne

Mizgin Çay

Mizgin Çay, a staff member of the local radio station Radyo Karacada..

Mizgin Çay

Mehmet Altan

Mehmet Altan, a professor of economics and a columnist, has been hel..

Mehmet Altan

Max Zirngast

Austrian freelance journalist Max Zirngast was arrested by anti-terr..

Max Zirngast

İnan Kızılkaya

İnan Kızılkaya is former responsible managing editor of the pro-Kurd..

İnan Kızılkaya

Hülya Karakaya

Hülya Karakaya, former responsible managing editor of leftist, pro-K..

Hülya Karakaya

Hanım Büşra Erdal

Hanım Büşra Erdal, a court reporter and a columnist for the shuttere..

Hanım Büşra Erdal

Deniz Yücel

Deniz Yücel, German Die Welt newspaper’s correspondent in Turkey, wa..

Deniz Yücel

Bayram Kaya

Bayram Kaya, a former reporter for Zaman and the short-lived Yeni Ha..

Bayram Kaya

Ayşenur Parıldak

27-year-old Ayşenur Parıldak, a former court reporter for the shutte..

Ayşenur Parıldak

Atilla Taş

Atilla Taş, a former singer and a columnist for the shuttered Meydan..

Atilla Taş

Aslı Ceren Aslan

The responsible managing editor of leftist Özgür Gelecek newspaper i..

Aslı Ceren Aslan

Ahmet Turan Alkan

Ahmet Turan Alkan, a former columnist for Zaman daily, was arrested ..

Ahmet Turan Alkan

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