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.

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Prosecutor appeals Bülent Şık’s acquittal; journalist İsmail Çoban sentenced over newspaper clippings; journalists covering May Day targeted by police; PİRHA reporter Ersin Özgül briefly detained

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Academic Bülent Şık’s conviction over 2018 article series overturned; BirGün editor charged with “insulting public official”; five journalists stand trial for covering 2019 protest in Mardin

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European Court’s Murat Sabuncu, Ahmet Şık judgments become final; İnci Aydın acquitted at her second hearing; RTÜK fines KRT TV, Halk TV; Turkey ranks 153rd in RSF 2021 World Press Freedom Index

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Ahmet Altan released after more than 4.5 years behind bars; ECtHR issues long-awaited Ahmet Altan and Murat Aksoy judgments; former Zaman columnists Alpay, Bulaç, Türköne appear in court for retrial

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Ali Ergin Demirhan indicted twice over the same Twitter post; Melis Alphan stands trial over Newroz photo; Oktay Candemir charged with "propaganda"; Beritan Canözer released under judicial control

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Four journalists jailed in Van released at first hearing; columnist Nagehan Alçı fined for “insulting” judge; actress Nilüfer Aydan sentenced for “insulting the president”; HDP's Gergerlioğlu arrested

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Journalist Perihan Kaya sentenced for "propaganda"; Ruhi Karadağ detained, imposed travel ban; French journalist Sylvain Mercadier denied entry to Turkey; Yağmur Kaya arrested while covering protest

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Hakan Aygün, Ali Ergin Demirhan sentenced; students appear in court over Boğaziçi exhibition; HDP’s Gergerlioğlu stripped of MP status; Arif Aslan acquitted in case where he spent 8 months behind bars

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Journalists Yıldız and Dükel sentenced; appellate court reverses judgment in Özgürlükçü Demokrasi trial; three journalists sentenced for “terrorism propaganda”; columnist Levent Gültekin assaulted

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Turkey among not free countries in Freedom House report; journalist Mustafa Gökkılıç sentenced, released; case file sent to prosecutor in Taraf trial; Erk Acarer to pay compensation over 2017 article

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