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

Novelist and former editor-in-chief of Taraf newspaper

Ahmet Altan

Ahmet Şık

Investigative journalist

Ahmet Şık

Ahmet Turan Alkan

Former columnist for Zaman daily

Ahmet Turan Alkan

Akın Atalay

Cumhuriyet Foundation Executive Board President

Akın Atalay

Ali Ünal

Columnist for Zaman daily

Ali Ünal

Aslı Ceren Aslan

Former Responsible Editor of Özgür Gelecek newspaper

Aslı Ceren Aslan

Aslı Erdoğan

Aslı Erdoğan, a renowned novelist and a columnist and an Editorial A..

Aslı Erdoğan

Atilla Taş

Singer, former columnist for Meydan daily

Atilla Taş

Aydın Engin

Cumhuriyet columnist Aydın Engin was detained on October 31, 2016 af..

Aydın Engin

Ayşe Düzkan

Journalist Ayşe Düzkan joined in a campaign for solidarity with the ..

Ayşe Düzkan

Ayşenur Parıldak

Former courthouse correspondent for Zaman newspaper

Ayşenur Parıldak

Aytekin Gezici 

Journalist and writer Aytekin Gezici was jailed pending trial on Jul..

Aytekin Gezici 

Bayram Kaya

Bayram Kaya, a former reporter for Zaman and the short-lived Yeni Ha..

Bayram Kaya

Beritan Canözer

Reporter Beritan Canözer of the shuttered Jin News Agency (JINHA) wa..

Beritan Canözer

Bülent Utku

Bülent Utku, one of the lawyers of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, is also..

Bülent Utku

Can Dündar

Can Dündar, the former editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet ..

Can Dündar

Cihan Acar

Reporter for Bugün daily

Cihan Acar

Çağdaş Erdoğan

Photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan was detained on September 2, 2017, wh..

Çağdaş Erdoğan

Deniz Yücel

Die Welt Turkey correspondent

Deniz Yücel

Ece Sevim Öztürk

Ece Sevim Öztürk was arrested on 8 June 2018 as part of an investiga..

Ece Sevim Öztürk

Emin Şakir

Publisher Emin Şakir was imprisoned pending trial in November 2017

Emin Şakir

Erdem Gül

Erdem Gül is the Ankara Bureau Chief for the Cumhuriyet newspaper. H..

Erdem Gül

Erdoğan Alayumat

Erdoğan Alayumat, a reporter for the shuttered Dicle Media News Agen..

Erdoğan Alayumat

Eren Keskin

Lawyer and human rights defender

Eren Keskin

Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu

Chief columnist for Türk Solu magazine

Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu

Gökmen Ulu

Gökmen Ulu, the İzmir correspondent of Sözcü daily, was detained on ..

Gökmen Ulu

Güray Öz

News ombudsman and columnist for Cumhuriyet

Güray Öz

Hakan Kara

Hakan Kara, a Cumhuriyet columnist and and member of Cumhuriyet Foun..

Hakan Kara

Hanım Büşra Erdal

Courthouse reporter and columnist for Zaman and Yeni Hayat newspaper..

Hanım Büşra Erdal

Hikmet Çetinkaya

Hikmet Çetinkaya, one of Cumhuriyet’s most well-known writers, is al..

Hikmet Çetinkaya

Hülya Karakaya

Former responsible editor of Özgür Halk magazine

Hülya Karakaya

Hüsnü Mahalli

Syrian born journalist Hüsnü Mahalli was detained on the morning of ..

Hüsnü Mahalli

İnan Kızılkaya

İnan Kızılkaya is former responsible managing editor of the pro-Kurd..

İnan Kızılkaya

İshak Karakaş

Chief Editor of Halkın Nabzı weekly newspaper

İshak Karakaş

İsminaz Temel

İsminaz Temel, an editor for the Etkin news agency (ETHA), was arres..

İsminaz Temel

Kazım Kızıl

Documentarist, video-activist and journalist Kazım Kızıl was arreste..

Kazım Kızıl

Lale Sarıibrahimoğlu

Lale Sarıibrahimoğlu, a veteran defense reporter and a former column..

Lale Sarıibrahimoğlu

Lokman Erdoğan

Columnist for Çorum Manşet

Lokman Erdoğan

Max Zirngast

Austrian freelance journalist Max Zirngast was arrested by anti-terr..

Max Zirngast

Mehmet Altan

Professor of economics and columnist

Mehmet Altan

Mehmet Baransu

Former reporter for Taraf newspaper

Mehmet Baransu

Meşale Tolu

Meşale Tolu, a German citizen who worked as a reporter and translato..

Meşale Tolu

Mizgin Çay

Staff member of local radio station Radyo Karacadağ

Mizgin Çay

Murat Aksoy

Journalist, former columnist for shuttered Yeni Hayat daily

Murat Aksoy

Murat Sabuncu

Journalist, former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet daily, P24 founder

Murat Sabuncu

Mustafa Kemal Güngör

Attorney Mustafa Kemal Güngör, a Cumhuriyet Foundation board member,..

Mustafa Kemal Güngör

Mümtazer Türköne

Academic and former columnist for Zaman newspaper

Mümtazer Türköne

Nazlı Ilıcak

Journalist, commentator

Nazlı Ilıcak

Necmiye Alpay

Linguist, former Özgür Gündem editorial advisory board member

Necmiye Alpay

Nedim Türfent

Nedim Türfent, a correspondent of the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency ..

Nedim Türfent

Nuriye Ural

Journalist and columnist Nuriye Ural, best known for the interviews ..

Nuriye Ural

Orhan Erinç

Orhan Erinç is the head of the Cumhuriyet Foundation's Board of Dire..

Orhan Erinç

Orhan Kemal Cengiz

Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a human rights lawyer and former columnist, is o..

Orhan Kemal Cengiz

Ömer Çelik

Ömer Çelik, a news editor at the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dicle News A..

Ömer Çelik

Önder Çelik

Cumhuriyet Foundation executive board member

Önder Çelik

Özgür Amed

Özgür Amed, a columnist for the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which was sh..

Özgür Amed

Pelin Ünker

Journalist Pelin Ünker was hit with three separate lawsuits over her..

Pelin Ünker

Pınar Gayıp

Etkin News Agency (ETHA) reporter Pınar Gayıp was arrested on 13 Apr..

Pınar Gayıp

Seda Taşkın 

Reporter for Mezopotamya news agency

Seda Taşkın 

Semiha Şahin

Etkin News Agency (ETHA) editor Semiha Şahin was arrested in Istanbu..

Semiha Şahin

Şahin Alpay

Şahin Alpay is a 74-year-old political scientist and a long-time col..

Şahin Alpay

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Academic and president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİH..

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Tunca Öğreten

Former news editor for news portal Diken

Tunca Öğreten

Turhan Günay

Turhan Günay, veteran journalist and editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet ..

Turhan Günay

Ufuk Şanlı

Business journalist, former reporter for Zaman and Vatan newspapers

Ufuk Şanlı

Yetkin Yıldız

Journalist, former editor-in-chief of news portal Aktif Haber

Yetkin Yıldız

Zehra Doğan

Zehra Doğan, 28, is a reporter and an editor of the pro-Kurdish Jin ..

Zehra Doğan

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