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.



Ali Ünal

Ali Ünal was a longtime columnist for the Zaman daily, which was shut down through a statutory decree under Turkey’s...

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On May 2, Ayşenur Parıldak, a Zaman journalist who has been imprisoned as part of the probe into the alleged group be...

Journalists remain behind bars in Zaman trial

Court releases three employees of shuttered newspaper’s advertising department    The second hearing in a...

Prosecutor seeks aggravated life imprisonment for Zaman columnists

Nine columnists of the shuttered newspaper, including Şahin Alpay, under house arrest since March, face “violating t...

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

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“KCK press trial” adjourned again; 18 defendants separated from “Zaman trial” make final defense statements; at...

Court convicts 10 suspects separated from Zaman trial

Court hands down prison sentences between 3 years and one month and 9 years to 10 of the suspects while acquitting 5 pe...

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Two more journalists sent to prison; jailed reporter Mehmet Baransu continues defense statement in latest hearing of Ta...

Charges against 4 defendants amended in Zaman case

Prosecutor drops “coup” charge against Orhan Kemal Cengiz, İhsan Dağı, İbrahim Karayeğen and Mehmet Özdemir ...

Columnists, editors of Zaman set for final hearing

Court expected to issue verdict concerning 11 columnists and editors of shuttered Zaman newspaper, on trial on “coup...

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