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 - 290

Ahmet Altan released after more than 4.5 years behind bars; ECtHR issues long-awaited Ahmet Altan and Murat Aksoy judgments; former Zaman columnists Alpay, Bulaç, Türköne appear in court for retrial

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Ali Ergin Demirhan indicted twice over the same Twitter post; Melis Alphan stands trial over Newroz photo; Oktay Candemir charged with "propaganda"; Beritan Canözer released under judicial control

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 288

Four journalists jailed in Van released at first hearing; columnist Nagehan Alçı fined for “insulting” judge; actress Nilüfer Aydan sentenced for “insulting the president”; HDP's Gergerlioğlu arrested

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Journalist Perihan Kaya sentenced for "propaganda"; Ruhi Karadağ detained, imposed travel ban; French journalist Sylvain Mercadier denied entry to Turkey; Yağmur Kaya arrested while covering protest

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 286

Hakan Aygün, Ali Ergin Demirhan sentenced; students appear in court over Boğaziçi exhibition; HDP’s Gergerlioğlu stripped of MP status; Arif Aslan acquitted in case where he spent 8 months behind bars

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Journalists Yıldız and Dükel sentenced; appellate court reverses judgment in Özgürlükçü Demokrasi trial; three journalists sentenced for “terrorism propaganda”; columnist Levent Gültekin assaulted

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 284

Turkey among not free countries in Freedom House report; journalist Mustafa Gökkılıç sentenced, released; case file sent to prosecutor in Taraf trial; Erk Acarer to pay compensation over 2017 article

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 283

Boğaziçi students charged with “inciting hatred”; journalist Gök, cartoonist Kalender appear in court; politician Mahmut Alınak sentenced to 1.5 years; access to Mezopotamya news agency blocked

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 282

Four sentenced in Özgür Gündem trial; Prof. Fincancı fined for “insulting Erdoğan”; 5 journalists charged with “membership in terrorist group”; “propaganda” sentence given to HDP's Gergerlioğlu upheld

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 281

Academic Cenk Yiğiter’s sentence upheld; prosecutor seeks conviction for journalist Arif Aslan; Evrensel’s Görkem Kınacı to stand trial; columnists Ayşen Şahin, Ahmet Takan arrested

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