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.



Charges against 4 defendants amended in Zaman case

Prosecutor drops “coup” charge against Orhan Kemal Cengiz, İhsan Dağı, İbrahim Karayeğen and Mehmet Özdemir ...

Jailed journalists in Zaman trial remain behind bars 

Five journalists give final defense statements in fifth hearing of Zaman trial as court adjourns case until July Ele...

Journalists recount life behind bars: İbrahim Karayeğen 

The following questionnaire, conducted by P24 Platform for Independent Journalism, is part of a survey aimed at reveali...

Five acquitted in Zaman trial, two journos released from prison

Court convicts 6 journalists of “membership in terrorist group” while acquitting all 11 defendants of the “coup...

Appellate court upholds verdict in "Zaman trial"

The trial court had convicted columnists Ahmet Turan Alkan, Ali Bulaç, Şahin Alpay, Mümtazer Türköne, Mustafa Üna...

Supreme Court upholds 3 convictions, overturns 4 judgments in Zaman trial

Ruling that Türköne, Alpay, and Bulaç should have been charged with "aiding a terrorist organization," the Court say...

Mümtazer Türköne

Academic and former columnist for Zaman newspape...

Ahmet Turan Alkan

Former columnist for Zaman dail...

Journalists in State of Emergency – 15

On August 30, detention warrants were issued for 35 journalists as part of the probe launched into the July 15 coup d...

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