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.

Lawyer responds to prosecutor’s opinion in Altans trial

Lawyer Çalıkuşu: Prosecutor seeks higher-than-minimum sentence for Ahmet Altan for his thoughts. Is this how judicial reform safeguards expression?   Law

Lawyer says Ahmet Altan should be freed after judicial reform

Trial will be a test case to reveal whether the reform is really an attempt to free expression, lawyer Çalıkuşu says in petition to court   L

Sözcü trial adjourned over reform package

The trial of nine Sözcü staffers on the charge of “aiding a terrorist organization without being its member” to resume in December CANSU PİŞKİN, ISTANBUL

Rights groups: Retrial of Altans case begins on new bogus charges

Joint statement expresses concern that “retrial forms yet another phase of the systematic judicial harassment of journalists”   Twenty-two human

Prosecutor seeks jail terms for Boğaziçi students

30 students are charged with “propaganda” for protesting against students who distributed Turkish delights on campus in support of Turkey’s 2018 military operation on Afrin

Gezi Park trial adjourned until December

Court refuses to release Osman Kavala, the only jailed defendant in the case, who has been behind bars for the past 2 years CANSU PİŞKİN, ISTANBUL

Mehmet Baransu remains behind bars after hearing

Trial adjourned until December before Baransu, who is accused of “procuring, exposing and destroying classified documents,” completes his defense statement CANSU PİŞKİN,

Rights groups call for charges against Gezi Park defendants to be dropped

19 free speech organizations issue joint statement after latest hearing in Gezi trial, condemn decision against Kavala's release  A group of freedom of expression and me

Altans case: Trial court abides by Supreme Court ruling, keeps defendants in jail

Ahmet Altan and his five co-defendants now face trial on lesser, terrorism-related charges, instead of “attempting coup” ÖZGÜN ÖZÇER, İstanbul

Retrial of Altans case set for next week

In case the trial court refuses to comply with the Supreme Court of Appeals ruling, the case will ultimately be referred to the Supreme Court’s Assembly of Criminal Chambers