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.

Constitutional Court rejects Osman Kavala’s application

Ruling by a majority of 8 votes to 7, the Plenary finds “no violations” in Kavala’s application against his ongoing detention on “espionage” charge

Supreme Court upholds 3 convictions, overturns 4 judgments in Zaman trial

Ruling that Türköne, Alpay, and Bulaç should have been charged with "aiding a terrorist organization," the Court says Mehmet Özdemir should have been convicted of "membership of a terrorist group"

Can Dündar sentenced to 27 years over "MİT trucks" coverage

Court renders judgment in the absence of Dündar’s lawyers, who refused to attend the hearing citing the lack of impartiality of the judges

European Court orders Selahattin Demirtaş’s immediate release

The Grand Chamber finds that Demirtaş’s detention pursued ulterior motive, violated his freedom of expression, right to liberty and security and right to stand for election

Osman Kavala remains behind bars as his "coup" trial begins

Court decides to hear remaining witnesses of the prosecution at the next hearing, which is set for 5 February 2021

Journalist Ayşegül Doğan handed down 6-year prison sentence

Doğan, the former program coordinator of shuttered İMC TV, sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison on charge of "membership of a terrorist organization"

ANALYSIS | European Court's Ahmet Şık judgments from 2014 to 2020

The failure to evaluate the circumstances of Ahmet Şık, who has been subjected to judicial harassment throughout his career, is more worrying than the approach concerning standard of proof

Columnist Nagehan Alçı's trial adjourned

The plaintiff judge Hakkı Yalçınkaya claimed that Alçı was being protected by the prosecution and demanded that she be brought to court by force

Council of Europe strongly urges Turkey to release Osman Kavala

Urging authorities to ensure that the Constitutional Court examines Kavala’s application without further delay, the Committee of Ministers decided to resume its examination of the case in March

Journalist Alican Uludağ appears in court over Twitter post

Uludağ is charged with “making those involved in combatting terrorism a target” for criticising the former Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor