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.

ANALYSIS | Attacks on political party buildings: The state’s obligation to prevention and effective investigation

Without an effective investigation and prosecution that will reveal the persons and the motive behind the attack and a proportionate punishment, this attack, too, will remain unpunished

Journalist Oktay Candemir appears in court for new trial

Candemir is charged with “terrorism propaganda” for his social media posts and news footage found on his digital equipment seized during a 2019 police raid on his home

Journalists Uludağ and Akça acquitted in trial over Ankara terror attack report

The two journalists were charged with “disclosing identity of informants” over news report on alleged police failure to intercept attackers

Journalist Ruşen Takva appears in court for new trial

Takva is charged with “violating the Law on Demonstrations” and “membership in a terrorist organization” for covering a demonstration held earlier this year in Van

Journalist Nurcan Yalçın’s trial adjourned until September

Court decides to request information from Diyarbakır Police on whether “Jin News, which the accused is allegedly working with, is affiliated with PKK/KCK terrorist organization”

Online panel: Ad penalties and financial pressures on the media

Evrensel newspaper’s lawyer Devrim Avcı, RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu and main opposition CHP Deputy Utku Çakırözer discussed the distribution of public ads and the effects of ad

Journalist Abdurrahman Gök appears in court for second hearing

Testifying against Gök ahead of the hearing, a secret witness alleges that Gök “photographed the murder of Kemal Kurkut under instruction from the terrorist organization”

Prosecutor seeks conviction for four defendants in "Taraf trial"

The prosecutor demanded that jailed reporter Mehmet Baransu be sentenced for three charges and Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Çongar and Yıldıray Oğur for one charge; trial adjourned until October

Public ad penalties as a tool for financial crackdown on critical newspapers

Evrensel and Yeni Asya newspapers are currently prohibited from running public ads. The vast majority of the penalties issued by the Public Advertising Agency target critical media outlets

MA reporter Mehmet Aslan released pending trial

Mehmet Aslan was jailed pending trial in January on the charge of “membership in a terrorist organization” due to his reports

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