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.

Students charged with "inciting hatred" over Boğaziçi exhibition appear before court

Court releases two students who had been in pre-trial detention for 47 days, lifts house arrest of one student. Trial adjourned until 5 July

Gergerlioğlu stripped of MP status, to be jailed over Twitter post

Opposition deputy and human rights defender Gergerlioğlu stems from a social media post retweeting a news story from 2016

Ali Ergin Demirhan fined for "insulting the president"

Sendika.org editor Demirhan was on trial for social media posts featuring news reports published on the website between January 2018 and March 2018

Journalists Seyhan Avşar and Necdet Önemli acquitted

Cumhuriyet reporter Avşar and Sözcü responsible editor Önemli were charged with “marking a public official involved in the fight against terrorism as a target for terrorist organizations”

Journalist Hakan Aygün handed down 7-month sentence

Aygün sentenced to 7 months and 15 days in prison for “insulting religious values” in a social media post, sentence deferred

Journalists Yıldız and Dükel sentenced for "disclosing restricted information"

The indictment initially accused all three of “Disclosing information that must be kept confidential for reasons relating to the security, or domestic or foreign political interests of the state”

Committee of Ministers to examine Kavala’s situation at each meeting

Also examining the case of Selahattin Demirtaş, the Committee reminds Turkey its obligation to abide by ECtHR judgments and urges authorities to ensure Demirtaş's immediate release

Three journalists sentenced for "terrorism propaganda"

Yücel, Acar and Ünal, who were arrested in March 2018 during police raids on Mücadele Birliği newspaper and Önsöz magazine, were released pending trial at their first hearing

Prosecutor seeks sentence for Seyhan Avşar and Necdet Önemli

Avşar and Önemli are on trial for disclosing the name of the prosecutor who issued the Sözcü newspaper indictment in two news articles published in 2019 in Cumhuriyet and Sözcü

ANALYSIS | Human Rights Action Plan: "Makeup on a bedridden patient"

Lack of a clear implementation schedule, exclusion of NGOs in the mechanism for protection of human rights and failure to word the measures to be taken in concrete language raise doubts on the plan

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