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.

ANALYSIS | The impasse of the Constitutional Court: The cases of Demirtaş, Kavala and Altan

Judgments in applications regarding violations of freedom of expression and the right to engage in political activities raise doubts concerning the top court's status as an effective domestic remedy

ANALYSIS ­| Inciting hatred: "Trending" charge in free speech trials

Instead of its intended purpose of protecting public peace, Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Code is lately being utilized to punish criticism and protests against the government

President Erdoğan announces "Human Rights Action Plan"

The ultimate goal of the action plan, consisting of nine articles and planned to be implemented over the next two years, is a new civilian constitution, Erdoğan says

ANALYSIS |The debate on a new constitution: Turkey must respect the existing Constitution first

In an environment where freedom of expression is under this much pressure, there is no convenient discussion ground for a constitutional amendment, opposition lawmakers say

ANALYSIS |Twitter might become inaccessible in Turkey as heftier penalty looms

Experts think free VPN services will fall short of providing access to Twitter, expected to be rendered inaccessible due to drastic bandwidth restrictions for failing to appoint a local representative

Journalist Abdurrahman Gök appears in court on "terror" charges

Best known for his photographs of Kemal Kurkut’s murder during 2017’s Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakır, Gök is charged with "membership in a terrorist organization" and "terrorism propaganda"

Ayşe Çetinbaş: Çayan Demirel was tried for a screening he couldn’t attend

Documentary filmmaker Demirel and his co-director Mavioğlu were each sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison on the charge of "terrorism propaganda" over a screening of their film, Bakur

Seda Taşkın: I had panic attack because of the psychological pressure in custody

“We had a purpose, to write what has not written, to be the voice of the unheard, and I was put on trial for this,” says Journalist Taşkın, who spent a year in prison

Prosecutor once again seeks conviction for journalist İsmail Çoban

Çoban, the former responsible editor of the shuttered Kurdish newspaper Azadiya Welat, is charged with “terrorism propaganda” over articles published in 2013

Four sentenced in Özgür Gündem main trial

Eren Keskin, İnan Kızılkaya and Kemal Sancılı handed down 6 years and 3 months each for "being a member of a terrorist organization"; Zana Kaya given 2 years and 1 month for "propaganda"

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