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 - 138

“KCK press trial” adjourned again; 18 defendants separated from “Zaman trial” make final defense statements; at least 184 journalists behind bars The 14th hearing of

Ahmet Altan acquitted of “insulting the president” 

Put on trial for his words, “Why did you kill these kids, explain,” Altan says verdict is momentous in terms of freedom of expression 

Court maintains travel ban on Meşale Tolu

The trial against 27 suspects, including journalist and translator Meşale Tolu, resumed at the 29th High Criminal Court of Istanbul

“Cumhuriyet verdict huge blow to freedom of expression”

28 NGOs focusing on freedom of expression and human rights condemn guilty verdicts for 14 columnists and executives of Cumhuriyet daily Twenty-eight non-governmental

Court convicts Cumhuriyet journalists of “aiding terrorist organization”

14 columnists and executives of the paper handed down prison sentences varying between 2.5 years and 8 years, 1 month and 15 days   Fourteen columnists and ex

Final hearing in Cumhuriyet trial under way

All final defense statements completed on the first day of the eighth hearing The final hearing in the Cumhuriyet trial, where journalists and executives of the

Verdict in ‘’Hayatın Sesi’’ trial expected on September 19

Fourth hearing of trial against executives of shuttered TV station Hayatın Sesi held at Istanbul courthouse 

Journalists in State of Emergency - 137 

Jailed journalist İdris Yılmaz faces new investigation; Evrensel journalist Çağrı Sarı stands trial on “slander” charge for “Paradise Papers” reports Van-based journa

Prosecutor seeks up to 15 years in prison for Nur Ener Kılınç

Court rejects lawyer’s request for extension of investigations, rules to keep Yeni Asya editor Kılınç in house arrest  A prosecutor sought up to 15 years in prison fo

School teacher sent to jail with her baby daughter

Ayşe Çelik was sentenced to 15 months in prison on “terrorism propaganda” charge for her remarks on a TV show Ayşe Çelik, a school teacher who was convicted of “