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.

Murat Çelikkan's defense in court: “Propaganda can only be bad journalism”

  Journalist and human rights defender Murat Çelikkan was sentenced to 18 months in prison for "terrorism propaganda" at a court hearing on May 16, 2017. We present a translation

Mehmet Altan's defense: You would have tried Rousseau, too

Prominent columnist and economist Mehmet Altan, imprisoned as part of a "coup" trial since September 2016, appeared before judges at the first hearing of his trial on June 19-23, 2017. I

A Portrait of the Indictment as Judicial Porn

You can read the full text of Ahmet Altan's defence statement here.   Your Honour,  

Rights groups: Drop all charges, release journalists

International rights groups including Article 19, PEN International and Index on Censorship will send representa

Rights groups urge UN body to focus on free speech in Turkey

Article 19 and PEN International have called on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to pay closer attention to the “relentless

European Court inquires Turkey about journalists’ cases

The Court directs eight questions to Turkey about imprisoned journalists’ applications, incl

Özgür Gündem solidarity trial adjourned until December

The next hearing in the trial of Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Ahmet Nesin and Erol Önderoğlu will take place on December 26   The trial of Reporters without Borders (RS

Hayatın Sesi executives to stand trial

 Three executives of Hayatın Sesi television, which was closed down with an emergency decree in September, will appear before a court in Istanbul for the first hear

EPSU’s Goudriaan to Altans: It’s time for you to be free

Jan Willem Goudriaan, the general secretary of the European Federation of Public Service Unions, has called for freedom for Ahmet and Mehmet Altan ahead of the first hearing in their trial o

Former DİHA reporter to appear before court on June 14

Nedim Türfent, a correspondent of the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA) that was closed down with an emergency decree, will appear before a criminal court in the southeastern province of