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.



Fatih Polat acquitted of “insulting the president”

Polat, the editor-in-chief of Evrensel daily, was standing trial over an article published in 2017, in which he quoted ...

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

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

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Journalist Erkan Akkuş jailed pending trial; journalist Özgür Boğatekin sent to prison over 2015 news coverage; Can...

Journalist Necla Demir acquitted of "insulting the president"

Demir, the former publisher of the news portal Gazete Karınca, was on trial over two news reports published in 201...

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Journalists Abdurrahman Gök, Nurcan Yalçın face "terrorism" charges; Hayri Tunç given 2-year sentence; access to Ji...

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MA reporter Mehmet Aslan jailed; journalist Ayten Akgün given 11-month sentence; top court rules house arrest violated...

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Four sentenced in Özgür Gündem trial; Prof. Fincancı fined for “insulting Erdoğan”; 5 journalists charged with...

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Boğaziçi students charged with “inciting hatred”; journalist Gök, cartoonist Kalender appear in court; politicia...

Ali Ergin Demirhan fined for "insulting the president"

Sendika.org editor Demirhan was on trial for social media posts featuring news reports published on the website between...

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