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.



Prison terms for five journalists in Özgür Gündem case

Ragıp Duran, Ayşe Düzkan, Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Hüseyin Bektaş and Hüseyin Aykol sentenced to a total of 9 years 9 ...

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editors jailed pending trial 

Editors Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Reyhan Hacıoğlu, Hicran Ürün and staff member Pınar Tarlak face “membership in a ter...

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi trial gets under way

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi employee Pınar Tarlak released, editors and owner ordered to remain in pretrial detention at...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 167

İsminaz Temel remains behind bars in second hearing; appellate court upholds sentences given in Özgür Gündem trial;...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 168

Hasan Cemal faces investigation on “insulting the president charge”; courts rule to keep jailed journalists in Özg...

No new releases in Özgürlükçü Demokrasi trial

Editors İshak Yasul, Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Reyhan Hacıoğlu, Hicran Ürün and publisher İhsan Yaşar, in pre-trial de...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 198

Mehmet Baransu ordered to remain behind bars; Hüseyin Aykol sent to prison to serve upheld sentence; Mehmet Gündem co...

Retrial of former Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editors, staff members begins

Ruling to comply with the reversal judgment rendered by the regional court of justice, the court set 17 February 2022 a...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 318

Journalist Perihan Kaya, poet Yılmaz Odabaşı sentenced for “insulting president”; writer Erdal Yıldırım sente...

Ayşe Düzkan

Journalist Ayşe Düzkan joined in a campaign for solidarity with the now-defunct pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem...

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