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.

Altan’s lawyers file new application with Justice Ministry

Lawyers call on the ministry to follow implementation of the ECtHR ruling on Mehmet Altan’s case Lawyers for the imprisoned academic and columnist Mehmet Altan a

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Former responsible managing editor and publisher of Evrensel fined for “insulting the president”; up to 7.5 years in prison sought for writer Eliaçık Vural Nasuhbeyoğ

“Respect Özgürlükçü Demokrasi’s independence’’

OSCE calls on Turkey to respect Özgürlükçü Demokrasi’s independence as raid and seizure of newspaper condemned worl

Keskin, Çapan sentenced to 7,5 years in Özgür Gündem trials

Renowned lawyer Eren Keskin and Özgür Gündem managing editor Reyhan Çapan were sentenced to 7,5 years in prison

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Police raid Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper’s head office and printing facility in İstanbul; detain publisher, printing company staff The head office of the pro-

Court refuses to rule on request for Altan’s release

Istanbul court says request for imprisoned journalist’s release should go to appellate courts The Istanbul 26th High Criminal Court refused to rule on

“Mehmet Altan case is a legal tragedy”

Lawyers Ergin Cinmen and Figen Çalıkuşu call for Altan’s immediate release after the European court finds his rights have been violated

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Turkey’s largest media group, Doğan Media, to be sold to pro-government conglomerate   Doğan Media Group, Turkey’s largest media group, whic

European court: Altan and Alpay’s rights violated

In its long-awaited judgment, ECtHR says right to personal liberty and security and freedom of expression have been violated   The European Court of Hum

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 Şahin Alpay was released but placed under house arrest, while two other journalists were jailed pending trial   After nearly 20 months