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.

Court rules to keep journalist Aziz Oruç behind bars

Ruling to lift the judicial control measures imposed on the undetained defendants, the court adjourned the trial until 9 November 

ANALYSIS - Demirtaş Case as a story of judicial harassment

The case represents a clear and concrete proof that even with a decision from the highest court ordering your release, you will not be given your freedom back unless the political authority allows it

Mehmet Altan files compensation case over unjust imprisonment

Granting 10 days for Altan’s lawyer to present relevant evidence, the court adjourned the trial until December 

5 journalists handed down prison sentences for "exposing" MİT operative

Journalists Hülya Kılınç, Barış Pehlivan, Murat Ağırel released; file against Erk Acarer separated

ECtHR president pays controversial visit to Turkey

Meeting with authorities in Ankara, Robert Spano receives honorary degree from Istanbul University, visits government appointed trustee in Mardin

Council of Europe urges Turkey to immediately release Kavala

Committee of Ministers sees “strong presumption that Kavala’s current detention is a continuation of the violations" found by the European Court

Diken executives acquitted at first hearing

Harun Simavi, Erdal Güven and Semin Sezerer were charged with “aiding a terrorist organization” over Diken news portal’s coverage of tweets by “Fuat Avni”

Journalists Arif Aslan and Selman Keleş’s files separated

Aslan and Keleş are charged with “membership of a terrorist organization” for taking photographs of the barriers placed around the Van municipal building in 2017

Journalist Rawin Sterk Yıldız released

Court rules to send Yıldız’s file to Istanbul 3rd High Criminal Court to be merged with the ongoing “KCK Press Trial”

Open letter to president of the European Court of Human Rights

Journalist and dismissed academic Mehmet Altan addresses ECtHR President Robert Spano ahead of his planned visit to Turkey

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