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.

Six journalists released based on Supreme Court judgment

Trial court rules to release Ahmet Memiş, Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Gökçe Fırat, Ünal Tanık, Yakup Çetin and Yetkin Yıldız; sets 4 November 2020 as the date for their retrial

Supreme Court upholds convictions of 17 journalists

Supreme Court’s judgment, originally rendered in March, became official on 8 June

Journalist Müyesser Yıldız jailed pending trial

Yıldız, in custody since Monday on the allegation of “military espionage,” was jailed on the charge of “Disclosing confidential information relating to the political interests or security of the state

Journalist Mevlüt Öztaş sent to prison despite medical report

Öztaş’s condition is not fit for detention, according to a medical report issued by doctors treating the journalist for pancreatic cancer

Journalists Müyesser Yıldız and İsmail Dükel taken into custody

Odatv Ankara News Director Yıldız and Tele 1 TV Ankara Bureau Chief Dükel detained as part of an investigation on the allegation of “political and military espionage”

Three opposition lawmakers stripped of parliamentary status 

HDP’s Leyla Güven and Musa Farisoğulları and CHP’s Enis Berberoğlu taken into custody several hours after the decision was read out in Parliament and subsequently sent to prison

Top court: Cihan Acar’s re-arrest violated his right to liberty

Rejecting other claims in Acar’s application, the Constitutional Court rules that the journalist be paid TL 30,000 in compensation for his re-arrest

Jailed journalist Yetkin Yıldız’s lawyer files for his release

Lawyer Çalıkuşu files for journalist Yıldız’s release based on the Supreme Court ruling that overturned some of the convictions in the case publicly known as the “FETÖ media trial”

ANALYSIS: A shadow cast over the founding principles of RTÜK

The Radio and Television Supreme Council, a constitutional body that monitors radio and TV broadcasting and on-demand media services, has been stirring controversy because of its biased decisions

Jailed journalist Çetin Çiftçi tests positive for Covid-19

Çiftçi, who suffered a heart attack before being arrested, was hospitalized three times due to high blood pressure and tachycardia during imprisonment

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