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.

One more Mezopotamya news agency reporter jailed, another arrested

Ankara-based Mezopotamya news agency reporter Hakan Yalçın taken into custody one day after Van-based reporter Dindar Karataş’s imprisonment on terror charges

A criticism of the European Court's Cumhuriyet judgment

No matter how strong, a judgment finding violations of the right to liberty and freedom of expression that is rendered without determining the motive behind these violations is deficient

Journalists Hürtaş and Demir’s trial adjourned

The court panel rejected the request to lift the judicial control measures imposed on the defendants and adjourned the trial until 4 March 2021

ECtHR rules Ahmet Şık's right to liberty and freedom of expression violated

The European Court rules by a majority that Şık’s pre-trial detention as part of the “Cumhuriyet trial” violated his freedom of expression, with a dissenting opinion by the Turkish Judge

Journalist Mehmet Baransu given 17-year prison sentence

Former Taraf reporter Mehmet Baransu sentenced to a combined prison term of 17 years and 1 month on four different charges under the Turkish Penal Code and the MİT Law

ECtHR's Cumhuriyet judgment: Another brick in the wall

The European Court of Human Rights' Cumhuriyet judgment has shown the gap between its standards and the Turkish judicial bodies’ approach regarding rights and freedoms

Retrial of journalist Özgür Boğatekin adjourned until December

Ruling to wait for another case file against Boğatekin to be sent over to be merged with the ongoing case, the court adjourned the trial until 22 December

European Court rules jailing of Cumhuriyet journalists violated their rights

Finding a violation of the right to liberty and security and freedom of expression, Court finds no violation of Article 18 in the case of Murat Sabuncu and nine other former Cumhuriyet execs

Journalists Müyesser Yıldız and İsmail Dükel appear before court

Yıldız, who was jailed pending trial on “espionage” charge five months ago, released at the first hearing of the trial 

Ahmet Altan marks 1,500 days behind bars

Stressing that Ahmet Altan is imprisoned on unfounded charges, rights defenders, lawmakers and representatives of international press freedom organizations call for his immediate release

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