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.

Rights groups: Release all prisoners detained arbitrarily

Joint statement by 24 rights groups says early release law passed in Parliament unjustifiably excludes tens of thousands who are imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of their rights

Parliament passes early release bill, political prisoners excluded

Although government claims that bill is aimed at protecting detainees from Covid-19 outbreak, journalists and other political prisoners jailed on “terrorism” charges will remain behind bars

Ahmet Altan’s lawyer requests urgent release amid Covid-19 threat

In her petition to the Supreme Court, lawyer Çalıkuşu says first deaths in prisons from Covid-19 confirmed, requests urgent release of Altan

Turkey ranks second in failure to execute ECtHR judgments

Turkey rated second worst after Russia in implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments, according to annual report from the Council of Europe 

CHP, HDP lawmakers say bill proposing early release lacks fairness

Opposition lawmakers say bill proposing early release and amendments on probation should be expanded to cover all inmates for equality and fairness

Rights groups call for urgent release of journalists, others at risk of Covid-19

27 rights groups urge authorities to “immediately and unconditionally release journalists, rights defenders and others who have been charged or convicted simply for exercising their rights”

Journalists Eser and Topaloğlu released pending trial

Mezopotamya news agency reporters Sadiye Eser and Sadık Topaloğlu were arrested on 3 December 2019 on the charge of “membership of a terrorist group”

Political prisoners to be excluded from COVID-19 early release plan

Government’s draft law to release up to one third of 300,000 prisoners will reportedly not apply to journalists and others convicted of “terrorism” crimes

CoE presses Turkey on implementation of free speech judgments

Committee of Ministers urged government to provide statistics on journalists and other free speech cases, reform anti-terror laws and Article 301

Ali Akkuş released as his co-defendants await Supreme Court ruling

The 16th Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals overturns Akkuş’s conviction and orders the journalist’s release under a travel ban. However, the high court has yet to formally issue its jud

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