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.



Bulaç, Özdemir released, Alpay’s house arrest lifted 

Four journalists remain behind bars at the end of fourth hearing in Zaman case; court adjourns trial until June 7 Th...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 140

Özgür Gündem publisher and editor jailed; Court lifts Şahin Alpay’s house arrest, releases 2 journalists from pre...

Jailed journalists in Zaman trial remain behind bars 

Five journalists give final defense statements in fifth hearing of Zaman trial as court adjourns case until July Ele...

Prosecutor seeks aggravated life sentence for Ali Ünal

Court rules to keep former Zaman columnist Ali Ünal in pretrial detention, adjourns trial until September   ...

Former Zaman columnist Ali Ünal given 19-year prison sentence

Ünal, who has been imprisoned for over two years, is acquitted of the “coup” charge, for which he faced aggravated...

Journalist Şirin Kabakçı freed from pre-trial detention

Former Konya bureau chief for the shuttered daily Zaman had been behind bars for 19 months on the charge of “membersh...

Journalist Harun Çümen remains behind bars after 1st hearing

The former responsible managing editor of the shuttered daily Zaman has been in pre-trial detention for 10 months Ha...

Journalist Harun Çümen given 7.5-year prison sentence 

Çümen, a former responsible managing editor for Zaman daily, convicted of “membership in a terrorist organization...

Prosecutor seeks conviction for journalist Şirin Kabakcı

Prosecutor also asks court to separate Kabakcı’s file on the charges of “insult” and “breach of confidentialit...

Supreme court prosecutor submits opinion in Zaman trial

The Office of the General Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals says lengthy prison sentences for four columnists ...

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