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.



Journalist Özgür Boğatekin sent to prison over 2014 news coverage

Boğatekin was sentenced in 2015 to 1 year and 15 days in prison over his reporting about the former district governor ...

Şirin Kabakcı

Former Konya bureau chief of Zaman newspape...

Hazal Ocak

City and environment journalist for Cumhuriyet daily...

Mehmet Altan's defense: You would have tried Rousseau, too

Prominent columnist and economist Mehmet Altan, imprisoned as part of a "coup" trial since September 2016, appeared bef...

“Prosecutions used to silence dissenting voices”

Nils Muiznieks submits opinion to European Court of Human Rights on 10 applications from imprisoned journalists Th...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 128

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

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...

Statement by lawyers for Ahmet and Mehmet Altan

“Two Istanbul courts find grounds for “aggravated life sentence” in file where Constitutional Court and ECtHR fin...

Courts render contrasting verdicts in “Paradise Papers” trials

Two journalists in Turkey stood trial for their reporting based on the leaked documents. One was handed down a jail ter...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 194

Semiha Şahin and Pınar Gayıp released under house arrest; Yavuz Selim Demirağ released on probation; compensation c...

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