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.

"Coup" case against Osman Kavala merged with Gezi Park trial

Already jailed for more than three years, Osman Kavala once again ordered to remain behind bars; Gezi Park trial to resume on 21 May

Prosecutor seeks conviction for Müyesser Yıldız and İsmail Dükel

Journalists Yıldız and Dükel and their source are charged with "obtaining and disclosing information that must be kept confidential for reasons relating to the security or the interests of the state"

Retrial of Fincancı, Önderoğlu and Nesin begins

Ruling to seek Istanbul 23rd High Criminal Court’s permission to merge the case with “Özgür Gündem Main Trial,” court adjourns trial until 6 May

Journalist Alican Uludağ given 10-month suspended sentence

Uludağ was on trial for criticizing former Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's visit to President Erdoğan in a social media post

Nesibe Baransu: I couldn’t have anything done at public institutions for 4 years

Nesibe Baransu, the wife of jailed Taraf journalist Mehmet Baransu, who has been behind bars since March 2015, recounts how judicial harassment has taken its toll on her life

Regional court overturns acquittals in Gezi Park trial

Case remanded to Istanbul 30th High Criminal Court for the panel to reconsider their judgment by taking into account excluded evidence

ECtHR: Atilla Taş’s detention violated his right to liberty, freedom of expression

The singer and columnist’s pre-trial detention on account of his tweets and articles was unlawful and arbitrary, the European Court of Human Rights rules

An analysis of the new indictment against Demirtaş in light of the Grand Chamber judgment

Not releasing Demirtaş despite the Grand Chamber judgment is not only a simple failure to implement a final and binding ECtHR judgment, but also demonstrates how the rule of law has been eroded

Journalists Müyesser Yıldız and İsmail Dükel face new charge

Odatv’s Yıldız and Tele1 TV’s Dükel are charged with “securing confidential information” in a new indictment against them, which the court decided to merge with the ongoing trial in December

Report: Turkey’s implementation of ECtHR judgments on free speech

Report examines key European Court judgments against Turkey finding violations of freedom of expression and Turkey's track record in execution of these judgments

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