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.

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editors jailed pending trial 

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editors jailed pending trial 

Editors Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Reyhan Hacıoğlu, Hicran Ürün and staff member Pınar Tarlak face “membership in a terrorist organization” charges 

Three editors and one staff member of the pro-Kurdish Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper were jailed pending trial on April 10 by an Istanbul court on the charge of “membership in a terrorist organization.”

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editors Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Reyhan Hacıoğlu and Hicran Ürün and the newspaper’s employee Pınar Tarlak were taken into custody on April 4 as part of an investigation into the newspaper that was launched late March.

Other staff members of the newspaper, also in custody since April 4, were released on Tuesday. Ramazan Sola was released on judicial control terms while Nedim Demirkıran and former employee Mehmet Beyazit were released without their statements having been taken by a prosecutor.

The latest arrests come four days after the newspaper’s publisher İhsan Yaşar and managing editor İshak Yasul were jailed pending trial on April 6.

Both Yaşar, who was detained on March 28, during the raid on the newspaper’s head office in Istanbul and its printing company Gün Matbaacılık, and Yasul, who was detained two days later, on March 30, face “membership in a terrorist organization” and additional “propaganda” accusations.

The latest arrests brought the number of jailed journalists in Turkey to at least 161. The full list can be reached here.