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.

Journalists in State of Emergency – 102

Academic writer Fikret Başkaya detained; 153 journalists behind bars after latest releases

Journalist jailed on coup charges says his health deteriorates

 73-year old journalist Şahin Alpay says he was told he needs to have an angiogram by a cardiologist who recently examined him

Istanbul Bar Association condemns expulsion of lawyers

“The moment you expel lawyers from the courtroom, you effectively give up on the quest for justice”   The Istanbul Bar Association has condem

“Right to defense violated in the Altans case”

CHP deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu criticizes violations at the latest hearing of the Altans case   Opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Sezgin

Rights groups: Unprecedented blow to fair trial rights

 Article 19, PEN International, RSF and PEN Norway issue joint statement after the third hearing of the Altans case   Leading international free expressi

Journalists remain behind bars after third hearing in the Altans trial

 Lawyers for Altan brothers demanding further examination of evidence kicked out of courtroom; their request for a new judge rejected  

Journalists in State of Emergency - 101

Government expected to submit defense in ECtHR cases; number of imprisoned journalists is now 152 following Sözcü reporter’s release   The Tu

The Altans case in brief

Lawyers for Altan brothers give an account of their case ahead of the third hearing on November 13   Ahmet Altan, a renowned novelist and journalist, and

Rights groups submit interventions in journalists cases

  13 free expression organizations warn of violations in opinions submitted in journalists applications before the ECtHR   Leading f

Swedish academic calls for release of Şahin Alpay

Swedish academic Tomas Hammar releases a statement expressing concern about Şahin Alpay's continuing imprisonment and calling for his release   Swedish