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.

Prosecutor seeks conviction for Can Dündar in "MİT trucks case"

Court rejects objection to confiscation of Dündar’s assets; trial adjourned until 4 December for Dündar’s final defense statement

Joint statement: Kavala Indictment Constitutes Denial of Law

The Solidarity Network for Human Rights Defenders issues joint statement condemning new indictment which seeks aggravated life sentence for Osman Kavala

Journalists stand trial for coverage of refugee crisis near Greek border

Trial of Mezopotamya Agency reporters İdris Sayılğan and Naci Kaya on charge of “illegally entering into a military zone” adjourned until 27 January 2021

Trial of local journalists in Antalya adjourned until January

Court rules to send the file to the prosecutor and sets 12 January 2021 as the date for the next hearing

Journalist Zehra Özdilek acquitted

Özdilek was charged with “making those involved in the fight against terrorism a target” in an interview published in Cumhuriyet daily

İsminaz Temel and Havva Cuştan’s trial adjourned 

Refusing to lift the international travel ban imposed on the defendants, the presiding judge said judges who previously lifted travel bans in “terrorism” cases faced investigations

ANALYSIS Government’s censorship tools: RTÜK and BİK penalties

Penalties imposed on opposition media outlets not only restrict the right to information enshrined in the Constitution, but also cause the sanctioned media outlets extreme financial trouble

Court rules to keep journalist Aziz Oruç behind bars

Ruling to lift the judicial control measures imposed on the undetained defendants, the court adjourned the trial until 9 November 

ANALYSIS | Demirtaş Case as a story of judicial harassment

The case represents a clear and concrete proof that even with a decision from the highest court ordering your release, you will not be given your freedom back unless the political authority allows it

Mehmet Altan files compensation case over unjust imprisonment

Granting 10 days for Altan’s lawyer to present relevant evidence, the court adjourned the trial until December