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 - 243

Journalist Rojhat Doğru jailed; Cumhuriyet, BirGün newspapers imposed public ad ban; radio host Nihat Sırdar given b...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 250

Aslı Ceren Aslan’s sentence upheld; actors Akpınar, Gezen charged with “insulting the president”; lawyer senten...

Journalist Zehra Özdilek acquitted

Özdilek was charged with “making those involved in the fight against terrorism a target” in an interview published...

Prosecutor seeks conviction for Can Dündar in "MİT trucks case"

Court rejects objection to confiscation of Dündar’s assets; trial adjourned until 4 December for Dündar’s final d...

Journalist Hazal Ocak acquitted

Hazal Ocak was accused of "insulting a public official" over her report on a plot of land allegedly purchased by Minis...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 269

JinNews Kurdish editor Roza Metina arrested; 5 journalists to stand trial for covering 2019 demonstration in Mardin; Bi...

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 judicia...

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” violate...

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 ...

ANALYSIS | European Court's Ahmet Şık judgments from 2014 to 2020

The failure to evaluate the circumstances of Ahmet Şık, who has been subjected to judicial harassment throughout his ...

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