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 application against Ahmet Altan's re-arrest

Top court rejects claims that Altan’s unlawful re-arrest and the biased decisions of the courts that ruled for his re-arrest violated his right to liberty and security

ANALYSIS | BİK and press freedom: A closer look at advertisement fines against Evrensel

BİK considers its function of distributing public ads to newspapers, which should be carried out within the scope of the relevant law, based on whether they criticize the government or not

Regional court upholds convictions in Büyükada trial

HRDs Taner Kılıç, Günal Kurşun, İdil Eser and Özlem Dalkıran were convicted of "terror" charges at the final hearing of the trial, which concluded in July

One more Mezopotamya news agency reporter jailed, another arrested

Ankara-based Mezopotamya news agency reporter Hakan Yalçın taken into custody one day after Van-based reporter Dindar Karataş’s imprisonment on terror charges

ANALYSIS | A criticism of the European Court's Cumhuriyet judgment

No matter how strong, a judgment finding violations of the right to liberty and freedom of expression that is rendered without determining the motive behind these violations is deficient

Journalists Hürtaş and Demir’s trial adjourned

The court panel rejected the request to lift the judicial control measures imposed on the defendants and adjourned the trial until 4 March 2021

ECtHR rules Ahmet Şık's right to liberty and freedom of expression violated

The European Court rules by a majority that Şık’s pre-trial detention as part of the “Cumhuriyet trial” violated his freedom of expression, with a dissenting opinion by the Turkish Judge

Journalist Mehmet Baransu given 17-year prison sentence

Former Taraf reporter Mehmet Baransu sentenced to a combined prison term of 17 years and 1 month on four different charges under the Turkish Penal Code and the MİT Law

ANALYSIS | ECtHR's Cumhuriyet judgment: Another brick in the wall

The European Court of Human Rights' Cumhuriyet judgment has shown the gap between its standards and the Turkish judicial bodies’ approach regarding rights and freedoms

Retrial of journalist Özgür Boğatekin adjourned until December

Ruling to wait for another case file against Boğatekin to be sent over to be merged with the ongoing case, the court adjourned the trial until 22 December