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.

Expression Interrupted releases first Freedom of Expression and the Press Agenda report

According to the report, during the first 4 months of 2021, 213 journalists stood trial; 20 journalists were sentenced to a combined 57 years in prison. At least 68 journalists are imprisoned

Osman Kavala remains behind bars as Gezi Park trial resumes

Ruling to review the case file for the “Çarşı trial” to decide on whether to merge with the present case, the court set 6 August as the date for the next hearing

Supreme Court of Appeals reverses Ahmet Turan Alkan’s conviction

Reversing the conviction on the grounds of misjudgment due to incorrect assessment of evidence, the Chamber sent Alkan’s file to the trial court

ECtHR: Öğreten and Kanaat’s right to liberty, freedom of expression violated

Journalist Tunca Öğreten and BirGün staff member Mahir Kanaat remained behind bars for almost a year in 2017 as part of the “RedHack trial,” which is still pending before a criminal court in Istanbul

ANALYSIS | Crackdown on filming at protests: No one can be criminalized for exercising their rights

The police circular is clearly unconstitutional as it aims to reduce accountability of public officials and to censor the freedom to receive and impart information

Two Gezi Park trials merged

The trial against jailed businessperson and civil society leader Osman Kavala and 15 other defendants, including exiled journalist Can Dündar, will resume on 21 May

ANALYSIS | The Hrant Dink murder case: Crumbs that don't lead to the bakery

The main trial, which concluded on 26 March 2021, failed to satisfy the demands for justice and an effective investigation into the murder of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink

Arrest warrant for Cengiz Çandar lifted

Çandar and Işıktaş are on trial for allegedly “praising crime and criminal” for social media posts they shared in 2017

Journalists İdris Sayılğan and Naci Kaya acquitted

Sayılğan and Kaya, who were detained in February 2020 as they were covering the refugee crisis near the Turkish-Greek border, were accused of "entering a military forbidden zone"

Ahmet Altan released after Supreme Court overturns his conviction

The court also overturned the conviction of Nazlı Ilıcak, who was sentenced to 8 years and 9 months in prison for “aiding a terrorist organization” at the retrial

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