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.



Political prisoners to be excluded from COVID-19 early release plan

Government’s draft law to release up to one third of 300,000 prisoners will reportedly not apply to journalists and o...

ANALYSIS Internet and media freedoms under increased threat as gov’t pushes for social media bill

Government introduces in Parliament legislation that requires social media providers to appoint legal representatives a...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 83

35 journalists in Istanbul sought by police on the grounds that they used chat software used by the group allegedl...

Rights groups call for urgent release of journalists, others at risk of Covid-19

27 rights groups urge authorities to “immediately and unconditionally release journalists, rights defenders and othe...

CHP, HDP lawmakers say bill proposing early release lacks fairness

Opposition lawmakers say bill proposing early release and amendments on probation should be expanded to cover all inmat...

ANALYSIS: Early release bill ruins fragile trust in justice system

Government’s latest judicial reform package confirms that “thought is the most serious crime” as journalists, pol...

CHP’s Çakırözer: Gov’t bodies turned into weapons against the press

Çakırözer says press freedom has always been problematic in Turkey and the situation hasn’t really changed after t...

Social media "censorship" bill introduced in Parliament

Tabled by ruling party AKP and ally MHP, the controversial legislation forces social media companies to appoint legal r...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 252

Journalist Aziz Oruç ordered to remain behind bars; Parliament’s Justice Commission approves AKP’s social media dr...

Free speech to be further curbed through social media law

Opposition lawmakers Gergerlioğlu and Çakırözer warn that the restrictions on social media will pose a profound obs...

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