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.



"Turkey must change its laws," rights defender Keskin tells court

Human rights defender Eren Keskin appears before court on “propaganda” charges in Özgür Gündem trial  The s...

Nine journalists sentenced for solidarity with Özgür Gündem

Defendants handed down a total of 14 years and 3 months in prison for “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist group...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 71

Details on accusations against six journalists who reported on energy minister’s e-mails emerge   Details of a...

Scores of journalists, rights defenders to go on trial

About 90 journalists, writers and human rights defenders will appear before courts in the coming days   Abou...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 128

 Şahin Alpay was released but placed under house arrest, while two other journalists were jailed pending trial &nb...

Journalists face prison sentences for supporting Özgür Gündem 

11 people, including journalists Mavioğlu and Başlangıç face up to 7.5 years for participating in a solidarity camp...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 140

Özgür Gündem publisher and editor jailed; Court lifts Şahin Alpay’s house arrest, releases 2 journalists from pre...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 149

ETHA reporter Ali Sönmez Kayar remains behind bars; BirGün daily faces investigation for nightclub shooting coverage...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 150

Cumhuriyet reporter Canan Coşkun handed down 2-year sentence; former Radikal and Habertürk TV reporter Mustafa Gökk...

Peace academics face up to 7.5 years in jail

Prosecutor seeks prison terms for four academics on “terrorism propaganda” charge; drops Article 301 request despit...

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