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.



Constitutional Court’s Altan, Alpay decisions published in Official Gazette

Lawyers immediately file for the release of both journalists following the publication of the top court’s January 11 ...

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Trial court insists on not releasing Mehmet Altan even after Constitutional Court judgment is published in Official Gaz...

Gov’t points at lower courts re top court’s Altan, Alpay rulings

Government tells ECtHR that Constitutional Court rulings are “final” concerning imprisoned journalists Mehmet Altan...

Top court gives priority to journalists’ new applications

The new applications were filed after lower courts refused to implement the court’s earlier rulings on Altan and Alpa...

European Court to render Şahin Alpay, Mehmet Altan rulings March 20

Strasbourg-based court announces date of upcoming verdict for the first time The European Court of Human Rights (ECt...

Lawyers for Altan, Alpay call for implementation of top court’s rulings

Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay’s lawyers: “President’s words should be followed, top court rulings should not be i...

Turkey’s top court: Alpay should be released

Constitutional Court orders Alpay to be released to eliminate consequences of rights violations The Plenary of Turke...

Journalist Şahin Alpay released from prison 

Released from Silivri after nearly 20 months of imprisonment, Alpay will now be subject to house arrest and a travel b...

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 Şahin Alpay was released but placed under house arrest, while two other journalists were jailed pending trial &nb...

European court: Altan and Alpay’s rights violated

In its long-awaited judgment, ECtHR says right to personal liberty and security and freedom of expression have been vio...

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