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.



ANALYSIS | RTÜK fines: "Lies will spread if you censor the truth"

Staggering RTÜK fines levied against TV stations for their coverage of recent wildfires may result in the spread of se...

ANALYSIS | Fight against disinformation or the last link in the censorship mechanism

A new social media bill being drafted by the government against disinformation, expected to be brought to Parliament in...

First ECtHR judgment on "insulting the president": Art. 299 must be revised

Even though the judgment calls for amendment of Article 299, this provision must be completely abrogated, rather than a...

Swedish academic calls for release of Şahin Alpay

Swedish academic Tomas Hammar releases a statement expressing concern about Şahin Alpay's continuing imprisonment and ...

Food safety expert Bülent Şık given 15-month sentence

Şık was on trial over a 2018 article about the findings of a study concerning carcinogenic toxins found in agricultur...

Lawyer responds to prosecutor’s opinion in Altans trial

Lawyer Çalıkuşu: Prosecutor seeks higher-than-minimum sentence for Ahmet Altan for his thoughts. Is this how judicia...

Journalist Aydın Keser acquitted at first hearing

Yeni Yaşam daily’s Responsible Managing Editor Keser was charged with “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist gr...

ANALYSIS - A brief history of Academics for Peace: Scapegoating, dismissals, trials

A total of 822 academics appeared in 56 criminal courts across Turkey as part of “Academics for Peace” trials; cour...

ANALYSIS: Early release bill ruins fragile trust in justice system

Government’s latest judicial reform package confirms that “thought is the most serious crime” as journalists, pol...

David Kaye says it is “imperative” that all jailed journalists be released

The UN special rapporteur urges the government on World Press Freedom Day to take swift action to free journalists at P...

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