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.

European Court rules jailing of Cumhuriyet journalists violated their rights

Finding a violation of the right to liberty and security and freedom of expression, Court finds no violation of Article 18 in the case of Murat Sabuncu and nine other former Cumhuriyet execs

Journalists Müyesser Yıldız and İsmail Dükel appear before court

Yıldız, who was jailed pending trial on “espionage” charge five months ago, released at the first hearing of the trial 

Ahmet Altan marks 1,500 days behind bars

Stressing that Ahmet Altan is imprisoned on unfounded charges, rights defenders, lawmakers and representatives of international press freedom organizations call for his immediate release

Retrial of 8 journalists whose convictions were overturned gets underway

Trial court decides to comply with the Supreme Court of Appeals judgment concerning eight defendants in the case publicly known as the “FETÖ media trial”

ANALYSIS | Simple trial procedure violates right to a fair trial, lawyers say

The procedure that took effect within the framework of the First Judicial Reform Package was implemented for the first time in a case against a journalist, JinNews reporter Hikmet Tunç

Journalist Necla Demir acquitted of "insulting the president"

Demir, the former publisher of the news portal Gazete Karınca, was on trial over two news reports published in 2016

Journalist Hakan Aygün’s trial adjourned until January

Aygün remained behind bars for a month as part of the trial, where he is charged with “insulting religious values” over a Twitter post

Journalist Hazal Ocak acquitted

Hazal Ocak was accused of "insulting a public official" over her report on a plot of land allegedly purchased by Minister Berat Albayrak, published in January in Cumhuriyet newspaper

ANALYSIS: Prosecutors return to criminal courts of first instance

The participation of public prosecutors in proceedings before criminal courts of first instance after nine years of absence is not a novelty; it cannot be considered a reform

Taraf trial adjourned until December

Court rules to keep former Taraf reporter Mehmet Baransu behind bars, sets 9 December as the date for the next hearing