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.

Four rights defenders convicted in "Büyükada trial"

Taner Kılıç sentenced to 6 years and 3 months for “membership of a terrorist group” while Özlem Dalkıran, İdil Eser and Günal Kurşun given 1 year and 13 months in jail for “aiding a terrorist group"

Journalist Doğan Akın acquitted

T24’s editor-in-chief acquitted of “knowingly and willingly aiding a terrorist organization” over coverage of Fuat Avni tweets

Joint Statement: We Are Here for Justice

19 rights groups call for acquittal without exception of all HRDs prosecuted in Büyükada trial ahead of final hearing of the case

Journalist Cihan Acar sent back to prison

Acar surrendered to Edirne Prison on 23 June 2020 to serve the remainder of the 6-year sentence he was given in 2018

Journalists accused of "exposing MİT operative" appear in court

Barış Terkoğlu, Ferhat Çelik and Aydın Keser released pending trial, Barış Pehlivan, Hülya Kılınç, Murat Ağırel ordered to remain behind bars; next hearing set for 9 September

Journalist Deniz Yücel’s trial adjourned 

Ruling to re-examine Yücel’s file in light of his lawyer’s defense statement, the court adjourned the trial until 16 July 

Normalization measures in courthouses hinder journalists’ efforts

Crowding in courthouses continues as courts resume hearings, raising questions on the effectiveness of measures taken against the spread of Covid-19

Journalists jailed for reporting on MİT operative killed in Libya to appear in court

First hearing of seven journalists and one municipal press officer set for 24 June at Istanbul 34th High Criminal Court

Top court rules Eren Erdem’s detention violated his right to liberty

Ruling that Erdem was unlawfully detained as part of the Karşı newspaper trial, the Constitutional Court orders payment of TL 30,000 in compensation

Top court: Selahattin Demirtaş’s detention violated his right to liberty

Despite the top court's judgment and the trial court’s release order in September 2019, Demirtaş remains behind bars due to his rearrest as part of another investigation

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