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.

Gov’t points at lower courts re top court’s Altan, Alpay rulings

Government tells ECtHR that Constitutional Court rulings are “final” concerning imprisoned journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay; all eyes on Strasbourg  The Turkish gove

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Turkish Medical Association members taken into custody on charges of “terrorism propaganda” and “provoking the public to hatred and hostility” Members of the Turkish

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Jailed journalists Özkan Erdoğan and Serkan Erdoğan released pending trial; Halkın Nabzı Editor in Chief İshak Karakaş arrested, bringing number of jailed journalists in Turkey

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Three more journalists have been arrested in Turkey as of January 23, bringing the number of imprisoned journalists in the country to at least 156  Three more journal

3 journalists jailed; at least 150 detained over Afrin posts

Number of jailed journalists in Turkey reaches 156 following the arrests of Taşkın, Yılmaz and Ergül on January 23, 2018 Three more journalists were arrested in Turke

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Imprisoned journalist Ilıcak faces “espionage” charges in new case; implementation of top court’s Mehmet Altan judgment rejected again  A new

Baysal, Karakaş in custody for reacting to operation on Afrin

Journalists, authors targeted in investigation launched against 57 individuals on account of social media posts critical of the Afrin operation The Istanbul Anadolu C

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Trial court insists on not releasing Mehmet Altan even after Constitutional Court judgment is published in Official Gazette  The Istanbul 26th High Criminal Court, wh

Trial court insists on decision not to release Mehmet Altan

The Istanbul 26th High Criminal Court says the Constitutional Court overstepped its jurisdiction

Constitutional Court’s Altan, Alpay decisions published in Official Gazette

Lawyers immediately file for the release of both journalists following the publication of the top court’s January 11 judgments in Official Gazette   The reaso