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.



Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 251

Prosecutor seeks conviction for Mehmet Baransu and Murat Şevki Çoban on three charges; Deniz Yücel handed down priso...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 281

Academic Cenk Yiğiter’s sentence upheld; prosecutor seeks conviction for journalist Arif Aslan; Evrensel’s Görkem...

Meşale Tolu

Reporter and translator for Etkin News Agency (ETHA...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 60

On May 5, a court ruled to arrest Etkin News Agency (ETHA) translator Meşale Tolu Kartal and ETHA reporter Ömer U...

Journalists in State of Emergency – 66

Executives of the shuttered Hayatın Sesi television appeared before a court o...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 81

Prosecutor seeks up to 15 years for journalist Meşale Tolu, a German passport holder   An indictment charging M...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 86

Two released in “coup” case where 13 journalists are on trial   On August 18, a Turkish court ruled for ...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 96

A regional court rules for re-trial in the MIT trucks case; indictment into the Istanbul 10 completed   The ...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 97

Two journalists attacked and detained; WSJ reporter given prison sentence and ETHA journalist Tolu remains in prison ...

Meşale Tolu released after 8 months behind bars

Tolu, who faces up to 15 years in jail on “terrorism” charges has been imprisoned since May ...

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