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.



Court convicts Cumhuriyet journalists of “aiding terrorist organization”

14 columnists and executives of the paper handed down prison sentences varying between 2.5 years and 8 years, 1 month a...

“Cumhuriyet verdict huge blow to freedom of expression”

28 NGOs focusing on freedom of expression and human rights condemn guilty verdicts for 14 columnists and executives of ...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 155

Cumhuriyet Foundation’s new board replaces newspaper’s editor-in-chief, managing editor; Prosecutor seeks yet anoth...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 179

Indictment seeks aggravated life sentences for Osman Kavala, Can Dündar, Memet Ali Alabora and 13 others for involveme...

Constitutional Court to take up applications of 10 journalists

The Plenary to finally take up the applications of journalists Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak, Murat Sabuncu, Kadri Gürse...

Top court finds “no rights violations” in jailed journalists’ files

Constitutional Court’s Plenary rejects applications of Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and five former Cumhuriyet staffer...

Top court issues judgments in Ahmet Altan case, 13 others

The President of the Constitutional Court and four other judges write in their dissenting opinions that Altan’s pre-t...

Supreme Court overturns convictions in Cumhuriyet trial

Supreme Court of Appeals also rules for Önder Çelik, Güray Öz, Musa Kart, Hakan Kara and Mustafa Kemal Güngör to ...

Court refuses to follow Supreme Court ruling in Cumhuriyet retrial

In its unanimous ruling, court acquits Kadri Gürsel but rules against Supreme Court of Appeals judgment concerning the...

Prosecutor asks Supreme Court to quash convictions in Cumhuriyet trial

At the end of the retrial in November, the trial court had refused to abide by the Supreme Court’s judgment except in...

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