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.



Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editors jailed pending trial 

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

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi trial gets under way

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi employee Pınar Tarlak released, editors and owner ordered to remain in pretrial detention at...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 156 

Özgürlükçü Demokrasi and ETHA journos appear in court on “terrorism” charges; former publisher, editor of Evre...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 168

Hasan Cemal faces investigation on “insulting the president charge”; courts rule to keep jailed journalists in Özg...

No new releases in Özgürlükçü Demokrasi trial

Editors İshak Yasul, Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Reyhan Hacıoğlu, Hicran Ürün and publisher İhsan Yaşar, in pre-trial de...

Court convicts 7 defendants in Özgür Gündem trial

Eren Keskin, Hüseyin Aykol, Reyhan Çapan, Ayşe Batumlu and Reyhan Hacıoğlu and two others get sentences on “prop...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 285

Journalists Yıldız and Dükel sentenced; appellate court reverses judgment in Özgürlükçü Demokrasi trial; three ...

Retrial of former Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editors, staff members begins

Ruling to comply with the reversal judgment rendered by the regional court of justice, the court set 17 February 2022 a...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 318

Journalist Perihan Kaya, poet Yılmaz Odabaşı sentenced for “insulting president”; writer Erdal Yıldırım sente...

Reyhan Hacıoğlu

Former editor for Özgür Gündem, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper...

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