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.

European Court rules Murat Aksoy’s detention violated right to liberty, freedom of expression

The Strasbourg Court held that, having regard to its findings under Article 5/1 and Article 10, it was not necessary to separately examine Aksoy’s complaint under Article 18

Retrial of former Zaman columnists and editor begins

Ruling to comply with the Supreme Court of Appeals judgment, the trial court decides to issue an arrest warrant for Özdemir, who did not attend the hearing

ECtHR: Ahmet Altan’s detention violated his right to liberty, freedom of expression

Noting that there was no indication that Altan’s actions had been part of a plan to overthrow the government, the European Court rules Altan has been unlawfully detained without reasonable suspicion

ANALYSIS | The case against Osman Kavala: A Kafkaesque legal spiral

The second application against Osman Kavala's detention was rejected by the Constitutional Court. The top court's reasoned judgment was almost as if telling Kavala to prove he is not a spy

Ali Ergin Demirhan indicted twice over same Twitter post

Court dismisses new case against editor Demirhan, who was sentenced to 1 year, 2 months and 17 days in prison last year for "insulting the president" over the same post

Journalist Melis Alphan appears in court over Newroz photo

Alphan is charged with “terrorism propaganda” for sharing a photo taken during 2015 Newroz festivities in Diyarbakır on Instagram

Four journalists jailed in Van released pending trial at first hearing

Adnan Bilen, Cemil Uğur, Şehriban Abi and Nazan Sala were jailed in October on the charge of “membership in a terrorist organization” for reporting on allegations that two locals were tortured in Van

Retrial of Atilla Taş and 7 journalists adjourned until October

Court to consider the request to separate the file against Taş after reviewing the European Court of Human Rights judgment; trial adjourned until October

Columnist Nagehan Alçı fined for "insulting" judge

Nagehan Alçı was on trial over a June 2018 article published in HaberTürk daily

Court issues reasoned judgment in Özgür Gündem main trial

Court panel writes in the judgment against Eren Keskin, Zana Kaya, İnan Kızılkaya and Kemal Sancılı that the defendants "used human rights advocacy as a veil"

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