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.

Appellate court refers Altans case to Supreme Court

Istanbul Regional Court of Justice says case file falls within the jurisdiction of Supreme Court of Appeals as per Criminal Procedure Code 

Appellate courts vacate one sentence against Ahmet Altan, uphold another

A prison sentence Ahmet Altan was handed down for “insulting Atatürk” gets canceled while another court affirms a 5-year and 11-month sentence he was given on “propaganda” and “insulting the president

Ahmet Altan’s lawyer files daily petition with appellate court

Lawyer Çalıkuşu will be filing daily petitions with the 2nd Criminal Chamber of the Istanbul Regional Court of Justice for Ahmet Altan’s release 

Supreme court prosecutor submits opinion in Zaman trial

The Office of the General Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals says lengthy prison sentences for four columnists should be upheld

7 staff members of Sözcü daily given prison terms

Seven of the nine defendants in the case convicted of “aiding a terrorist organization without being its member,” publisher Burak Akbay’s file separated

Kavala remains behind bars despite ECtHR judgment

Court hears two witnesses of the prosecution at Gezi Park trial’s fourth hearing; trial adjourned until 28 January

Court issues reasoned judgment in Altans case

Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak’s political commentary on TV and their articles cited among grounds for conviction The criminal court that oversaw the trial of jai

Prosecutor seeks conviction for journalist Şirin Kabakcı

Prosecutor also asks court to separate Kabakcı’s file on the charges of “insult” and “breach of confidentiality” CANSU PİŞKİN, İSTANBUL

Prosecutor seeks jail terms for 6 rights defenders in “Büyükada trial”

Prosecutor asks court to convict Taner Kılıç, Günal Kurşun, İdil Eser, Özlem Dalkıran, Nejat Taştan and Veli Acu of terrorism-related charges; trial adjourned until February 

BirGün trial gets under way

İbrahim Aydın, Barış İnce, Can Uğur and Bülent Yılmaz are charged with “aiding a terrorist organization” over BirGün’s online coverage of Twitter account named Fuat Avni

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