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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Evrensel journalists called in for questioning over Ragıp Zarakolu’s article; HSK launches investigation against two judges over social media posts

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Indictment accepted against journalists jailed over coverage of MİT operative’s funeral; columnist Ragıp Zarakolu faces investigation; journalist Hakan Aygün released, prosecutor objects to ruling

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Cumhuriyet journalists called in for questioning; Erk Acarer faces arrest warrant; indictment issued against Fox TV anchor Fatih Portakal; journalist Buse Söğütlü to stand trial over her Twitter posts

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Turkey ranks 154th out of 180 countries in Press Freedom Index; indictment issued against journalists jailed in Odatv investigation; journalist Hazal Ocak charged with “insulting public official"

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New indictment accuses journalists Uludağ and Akça of “disclosing identities of informants”; Parliament passes early release bill, journalists and other political prisoners excluded

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Prosecutor appeals verdicts in Gezi Park trial, seeks re-arrest of Osman Kavala; journalist Fatih Portakal faces complaint from President Erdoğan and BDDK; comedian jailed over stand-up show

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Bill proposing early release for 90,000 inmates submitted to Parliament; at least 6 journalists called in for questioning over Covid-19 reports and posts; journalist Hakan Aygün jailed pending trial

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 235

Journalists Sadiye Eser and Sadık Topaloğlu, musician Yılmaz Çelik released from pre-trial detention; journalists, lawmakers, social media users face investigation over coronavirus reports, posts

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 234

Court rules for Osman Kavala’s release on “coup” charge; journalist Alptekin Dursunoğlu sentenced at first hearing; Supreme Court overturns Ali Akkuş’s conviction; at least four journalists questioned

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Osman Kavala faces additional “espionage” charge in coup investigation; newspaper terminates Timur Soykan’s contract for supporting fellow journalists arrested in connection with Odatv report

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