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.



Journalists in State of Emergency - 115

Amnesty Turkey head Taner Kılıç released in Büyükada trial only to be rearrested after prosecutor objects to his r...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 130

Police raid Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper’s head office and printing facility in İstanbul; detain publisher, p...

“Respect Özgürlükçü Demokrasi’s independence’’

OSCE calls on Turkey to respect Özgürlükçü Demokrasi’s independence as raid and seizure of newspaper condemned...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 131

Former responsible managing editor and publisher of Evrensel fined for “insulting the president”; up to 7.5 years i...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 132

Former TRT executive Ali Ahmet Böken convicted of “membership in an armed terrorist organization” sentenced to 9 y...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 133 

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi publisher and responsible managing editor jailed; Yeliz Koray handed down prison sentence for...

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editors jailed pending trial 

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

Journalists in State of Emergency - 134 

Nazlı Ilıcak appears before court in first hearing of “espionage” case; four more Özgürlükçü Demokrasi journ...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 142

Çiğdem Toker faces lawsuit seeking TL 1.5 mln in damages; indictment issued for Özgürlükçü Demokrasi employees; ...

Three newspapers and a TV station closed down

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, Welat and Halkın Sesi newspapers and Avantaj TV shuttered through emergency decree  ...

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