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.

Ahmet Altan receives fresh prison sentence

Altan found guilty of “insulting the president” and “terrorism propaganda,” handed down 5 years and 11 months in prison for 2016 column An Istanbul court on February

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BirGün editor Burak Ekici sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in jail after 7 months in pretrial detention; court orders his release on judicial control terms Burak Eki

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Two journalists in Van handed down suspended prison sentences for their 2015 reporting; Sendika.org editor’s house raided by police Bedran Babat and Mustafa Ece, two

No verdict in media trial, court to hear more statements in March

No verdict was announced at trial of journalists Murat Aksoy, Atilla Taş and 24 others as defense statements could not be completed. The trial was adjourned to March 7-8

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Çetin Kurşun, a reporter for the shuttered newspaper Azadiya Welat, jailed pending trial, bringing number of imprisoned journalists in Turkey to 155  Çetin Kurşun, a

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Jailed journalist Nur Ener Kılınç released from prison on house arrest; 4 journalists in Adana convicted of “membership in terrorist organization” Nur Ener Kılınç, an

Testimony under torture deemed admissible in Türfent case

Journalist sentenced to 8 years and 9 months for “membership in a terrorist organization”  ÖZGÜN ÖZÇER Nedim Türfent, a local reporter for the shuttered Dic

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Imprisoned reporter İdris Sayılgan ordered to remain behind bars in the second hearing of the case against him  İdris Sayılgan, a reporter for the shuttered Dicle New

Verdict in Altans case draws strong international reaction

Institutions advocating freedom of expression and freedom of the press severely criticize verdict that sentenced the Altan brothers, Ilıcak and 3 others to life in prison 

Altans and Ilıcak sentenced to life in prison

Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and 3 other co-defendants handed down aggravated life sentences for “attempting to overthrow constitutional order” Ahmet

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