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.



Gezi trial: Kavala kept behind bars, Aksakoğlu released

The first hearing against 16 people accused of “attempt to overthrow the government” through the 2013 Gezi protests...

Rights groups call for charges against Gezi Park defendants to be dropped

19 free speech organizations issue joint statement after latest hearing in Gezi trial, condemn decision against Kavala'...

Gezi Park trial adjourned until December

Court refuses to release Osman Kavala, the only jailed defendant in the case, who has been behind bars for the past 2 y...

Kavala remains behind bars despite ECtHR judgment

Court hears two witnesses of the prosecution at Gezi Park trial’s fourth hearing; trial adjourned until 28 Januar...

Osman Kavala remains behind bars at Gezi Park trial

Presiding judge has spectators removed as defense lawyers exit courtroom in protest of court panel; trial adjourned unt...

Aggravated life imprisonment sought for 3 defendants in “Gezi Park trial”

Prosecutor seeks aggravated life imprisonment for Osman Kavala, Mücella Yapıcı and Yiğit Aksakoğlu and up to 20 ye...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 228

Prosecutor submits final opinion in Gezi Park trial; Office of General Prosecutor asks Supreme Court of Appeals to upho...

Osman Kavala re-arrested after acquittal in Gezi Trial

Osman Kavala was sent back to prison, this time as part of an investigation into coup attempt of 201...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 231

Director Veysi Altay, journalist Sultan Çoban sentenced on “propaganda” charge; journalist Faruk Arhan handed down...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 237

Prosecutor appeals verdicts in Gezi Park trial, seeks re-arrest of Osman Kavala; journalist Fatih Portakal faces compla...

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