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.

Hayri Demir’s trial on “terrorism” charges adjourned until April

Demir reiterates that the supposed “evidence” is just journalism 

Academic Tuna Altınel acquitted at third hearing

Altınel was accused of “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist organization” for his involvement in an event in France last year

ANALYSIS – Judicial Reform Package: An old box in fancy wrapping

Although Article 7/2 of Turkey’s Anti-Terror Law is one of the most critical problems for press freedom and freedom of expression cases, it is clear that the amendment in this provision alone will not

Case against journalist Seyhan Avşar dropped at first hearing

Avşar, a reporter for Cumhuriyet daily, was charged with “insulting a public official” for writing about two public prosecutors who allegedly accepted bribes 

Arif Aslan and Selman Keleş’s trial to resume in May

“There is no evidence in the file to support the membership in a terrorist organization allegation. Despite this, I spent 8 months in prison and I’ve been on trial for 3 years,” journalist Aslan tells

Journalist İsmail Evren freed after 1 year behind bars

Evren, the former news director of Nokta magazine, was handed down a prison sentence of 6 years and 3 months 

Prosecutor seeks prison sentences for 5 defendants in Özgür Gündem trial

Prosecutor asks court to convict Aslı Erdoğan and Zana Kaya of “terrorism propaganda,” Eren Keskin, İnan Kızılkaya and Kemal Sancılı of “membership of a terrorist group”

Mümtazer Türköne’s application rejected by top court

Constitutional Court rules former Zaman columnist Türköne’s rights to liberty and security and freedom of expression not violated

Osman Akın handed down 5-month sentence

Akın, the former responsible editor of Yeni Yaşam daily, was on trial over a March 2019 report about prison conditions in Hatay H Type Prison

Trial of Seyhan Avşar and Necdet Önemli gets under way

Cumhuriyet’s Seyhan Avşar and Sözcü’s Necdet Önemli are charged with “making officials involved in the fight against terrorism a target” over news report about Sözcü trial prosecutor