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.



Prosecutor demands acquittal for Meşale Tolu

Tolu, a German citizen, remained behind bars with her toddler son for over seven months in 2017 as part of this case. C...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 311

Top court publishes Özgür Gündem judgment; prosecutor demands acquittal of Meşale Tolu, who spent 7.5 months behind...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 312

Deputy minister files 3 lawsuits against BirGün, Evrensel and Cumhuriyet; five journalists sentenced in Antalya; inves...

Journalist Kenan Kırkaya’s trial adjourned once again

Kenan Kırkaya, the former Ankara representative of Dicle News Agency, is among eight defendants charged with “member...

Journalists Canan Coşkun, Can Uğur and Ali Açar acquitted

All three journalists were charged with “disclosing the identity of a public official who took part in the fight agai...

Journalist Ruşen Takva acquitted

Takva was charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” for covering a demonstration and press statement or...

Journalist Roza Metina acquitted

The prosecutor, who demanded conviction for Metina for “membership in a terrorist organization,” objected to the co...

Journalist Dindar Karataş acquitted

Karataş, who was charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” on account of his reports, remained in pre-...

Ahmet Şık

Investigative journalis...

Murat Sabuncu

Journalist, former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet daily, P24 founde...

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