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.

Journalist Sıddık Güler released from prison

Güler, who was released on probation after 2 months in prison in Van, says he will continue his journalism from where he left off

Journalist Nagihan Yılkın ordered to pay fine on charge of "insulting a public official"

The case against Yılkın and Büyüksipahi was filed upon a complaint by former Gaziantep Governor Davut Gül over a news story published on Cumhuriyet's online edition on 5 March 2022

Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and Fevzi Yazıcı handed jail term in retrial

The prosecutor has requested sentencing for Altan, Ilıcak and Yazıcı on the charge of “aiding a terrorist organization,” and Şimşek’s acquittal of “membership in a terrorist organization”

One journalist given jail term, two acquitted in the Demokratik Modernite case

The case files of Mehmet Nimet Sevim and Cihan Doğan were separated in the trial over articles in issue 36 of the Demokratik Modernite magazine

Journalist Nurcan Baysal acquitted

Baysal was standing trial over the article in which she described her observations of the condition of houses used by police special forces during the operations carried out in the region

Journalist Furkan Karabay given jail term

The sentence of 1 year and 15 days in prison handed to Karabay over report on bribery allegations has been suspended

Journalist Dicle Müftüoğlu not released at second hearing

Presiding judge announces decision to keep Müftüoğlu behind bars the moment defense statements end. Secret witness to be heard at the next hearing

Mustafa Büyüksipahi and Birol Güger acquitted

Büyüksipahi and Güger were on trial over a news story by BirGün reporter İsmail Arı that was republished by Cumhuriyet daily

Yeni Yaşam newspaper contributor Ahmet Güneş acquitted of "terrorism propaganda"

Court also dismisses TCK 301 allegation against Ahmet Güneş in line with decision by Justice Ministry

Sibel Yükler, Deniz Nazlım and Yıldız Tar stand trial for "violating Law no. 2911"

Expert opinion prepared by P24 submitted to court by Deniz Nazlım's lawyer at the hearing. Ruling for further investigation, the court adjourned the case until 25 April

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