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.

İnan Kızılkaya

İnan Kızılkaya

İnan Kızılkaya is former responsible managing editor of the pro-Kurdish Özgür Gündem Daily, one of the media outlets closed down as part of a state of emergency declared in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt. He was arrested in a police raid of the newspaper on August 16, 2016, along with some 20 staff members. On August 22, he and Özgür Gündem editor Bilir Kaya were jailed pending trial on charges of terrorist group membership.

Kızılkaya was charged in over 100 cases in connection with publications of the daily, most of which were later merged, and still faces aggravated life sentence for “disrupting the state’s unity.’’

On 31 October 2017, Kızılkaya was released by the Istanbul 23rd High Criminal Court, which hears the case against a total of nine journalists and writers including linguist Necmiye Alpay, novelist Aslı Erdoğan and lawyer and human rights defender Eren Keskin, after 441 days in pre-trial detention.