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.



Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 179

Indictment seeks aggravated life sentences for Osman Kavala, Can Dündar, Memet Ali Alabora and 13 others for involveme...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 189

Constitutional Court rejects applications of Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and 5 former Cumhuriyet journalists; 11 doctor...

Bakur co-directors convicted in absentia 

Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu each sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison on the charge of “disseminati...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 199

Jailed journalist Harun Çümen, Bakur co-directors Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, Sendika.Org editor Ali Ergi...

Ayşe Çetinbaş: Çayan Demirel was tried for a screening he couldn’t attend

Documentary filmmaker Demirel and his co-director Mavioğlu were each sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison on th...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 347

“Disinformation” bill presented to Parliament; journalist Memduh Bayraktaroğlu convicted of “insulting the presi...

Judicial control measures on director Çayan Demirel lifted in Bakur case retrial

In the Bakur case retrial following the appellate court’s decision to overturn, judicial measures on director Çayan ...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 427

Ahmet Kanbal acquitted; Sedat Yılmaz released pending trial; Ertuğrul Mavioğlu and Çayan Demirel sentenced in retri...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 143

Çağdaş Kaplan handed down 6-year prison sentence in long-running case; Hayri Demir convicted for his social media po...

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