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.



Turkey marks Press Freedom Day against bleak backdrop

May 3 was International World Press Freedom day, which was marked in a particularly poignant atmosphere this year in Tu...

Rights groups submit interventions in journalists cases

  13 free expression organizations warn of violations in opinions submitted in journalists applications before the ...

Ahmet Şık expelled from courtroom in Cumhuriyet trial

In response, Murat Sabuncu and Akın Atalay refuse to present their defense. Court rules all imprisoned defendants ...

Court rejects release demands for Şık, Sabuncu and Atalay

Court rejects petitions for release of jailed Cumhuriyet journalists Ahmet Şık, Murat Sabuncu and newspaper’s Execu...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 110

Trial court insists on not releasing Mehmet Altan even after Constitutional Court judgment is published in Official Gaz...

Murat Sabuncu, Ahmet Şık released from prison

Imprisoned Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and reporter Ahmet Şık released on judicial control terms as majo...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 127

Sabuncu, Şık released pending the conclusion of Cumhuriyet trial; prison sentences handed down to all but one of the ...

Prosecutor demands prison sentences for Cumhuriyet journalists

14 members of the newspaper’s staff, including Murat Sabuncu, Ahmet Şık and Kadri Gürsel face prison terms of up t...

Final hearing in Cumhuriyet trial under way

All final defense statements completed on the first day of the eighth hearing The final hearing in the Cumhuriyet tr...

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