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.

Arrest warrant for Cengiz Çandar liftedJournalists İdris Sayılğan and Naci Kaya acquittedAhmet Altan released after Supreme Court overturns his convictionEuropean Court rules Murat Aksoy’s detention violated right to liberty, freedom of expression
 

Arrest warrant for Cengiz Çandar lifted

Çandar and Işıktaş are on trial for allegedly “praising crime and criminal” for social media posts they shared in 2017
 

Journalists İdris Sayılğan and Naci Kaya acquitted

Sayılğan and Kaya, who were detained in February 2020 as they were covering the refugee crisis near the Turkish-Greek border, were accused of "entering a military forbidden zone"
 

European Court rules Murat Aksoy’s detention violated right to liberty, freedom of expression

The Strasbourg Court held that, having regard to its findings under Article 5/1 and Article 10, it was not necessary to separately examine Aksoy’s complaint under Article 18
 

Ahmet Altan released after Supreme Court overturns his conviction

The court also overturned the conviction of Nazlı Ilıcak, who was sentenced to 8 years and 9 months in prison for “aiding a terrorist organization” at the retrial
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    İshak Yasul

    Former responsible editor for Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper
     

    Hazal Ocak

    City and environment journalist for Cumhuriyet daily
     

    Max Zirngast

    Austrian freelance journalist Max Zirngast was arrested by anti-terror police at..
     

    Orhan Erinç

    Orhan Erinç is the head of the Cumhuriyet Foundation's Board of Directors
     

    Pelin Ünker

    Journalist Pelin Ünker was hit with three separate lawsuits over her article ser..
     

    Ayşe Düzkan

    Journalist Ayşe Düzkan joined in a campaign for solidarity with the now-defunct ..
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