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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Doğan Ergün, Sinan Aygül sentenced; Mehmet Altan files case against judges who refused to implement top court’s judgment; new trial against Derya Okatan begins; ANKA reporter threatened by police

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Osman Kavala remains behind bars; photographer Mehmet Özer, filmmaker Veysi Altay sentenced for “propaganda”; Gökhan Yavuzel faces new indictment; prosecutor seeks sentence for journalist Ayşe Kara

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Court files complaint against Abdurrahman Gök; Nurcan Kaya handed down 15-month sentence; Eren Tutel appears in court; Baransel Ağca charged with “insulting religious values"; İdris Yayla threatened

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Deputy minister files 3 lawsuits against BirGün, Evrensel and Cumhuriyet; five journalists sentenced in Antalya; investigation launched against MA Editor Ferhat Çelik; journalist Yelda Çiçek sentenced

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Top court publishes Özgür Gündem judgment; prosecutor demands acquittal of Meşale Tolu, who spent 7.5 months behind bars; prosecutors seek sentence for Buse Söğütlü and Roza Metina

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Yavuz Ekinci appears in court; prosecutor seeks sentence for Dindar Karataş; RTÜK fines Halk TV, Tele1 and TR35; TÜBİTAK files compensation case against BirGün; Barbaros Şansal given 3-month sentence

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At least 4 journalists face new investigations; Baransel Ağca charged with “insulting the president”; Constitutional Court rules Gökhan Biçici’s arrest during Gezi Park protests violated press freedom

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New judicial year begins next week; writer Yavuz Ekinci faces lawsuit for Twitter posts from 8 years ago; top court issues judgment in defense of media freedom

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey – 307

Details of the new social media bill emerge; journalist Beritan Canözer released after days in police custody; presidential body to inspect CSOs

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Beritan Canözer taken into custody; İbrahim Karakaş sentenced to 9 years in prison; Hikmet Tunç handed down 8-month sentence; 6 networks fined over wildfire coverage; Murat Ağırel threatened

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