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.



Fatih Polat acquitted of “insulting the president”

Polat, the editor-in-chief of Evrensel daily, was standing trial over an article published in 2017, in which he quoted ...

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Evrensel journalists called in for questioning over Ragıp Zarakolu’s article; HSK launches investigation against two...

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Three journalists released as their trial on “Disclosing identity of MİT official” charge begins; journalist Özg...

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Aslı Ceren Aslan’s sentence upheld; actors Akpınar, Gezen charged with “insulting the president”; lawyer senten...

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Journalist Erkan Akkuş jailed pending trial; journalist Özgür Boğatekin sent to prison over 2015 news coverage; Can...

ANALYSIS Government’s censorship tools: RTÜK and BİK penalties

Penalties imposed on opposition media outlets not only restrict the right to information enshrined in the Constitution,...

ANALYSIS | BİK and press freedom: A closer look at advertisement fines against Evrensel

BİK considers its function of distributing public ads to newspapers, which should be carried out within the scope of t...

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MA reporter Mehmet Aslan jailed; journalist Ayten Akgün given 11-month sentence; top court rules house arrest violated...

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ETHA reporter Pınar Gayıp arrested; Özgür Boğatekin handed down 18-month sentence; prosecutor seeks life sentence ...

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Regional court overturns acquittals in Gezi Park trial; journalist Bulut sentenced at first hearing; ECtHR rules Atilla...

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