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.

ANALYSIS | Is Press Advertising Agency’s expanded powers an obstacle to free journalism?

Jurisdiction of the Press Advertising Agency has been expanded to cover online media. There are concerns over whether the institution will carry out fair regulation

Journalist Engin Eren given prison term

Journalist Engin Eren and 28 other defendants sentenced to imprisonment of 3 years 1 month and 15 days each for “aiding a terrorist organization without being its member”

Fines issued to police officers who violently detained journalist Beyza Kural

An İstanbul court has issued a fine of TL 6,000 each to the three police officers who detained journalist Beyza Kural by handcuffing her behind for “violation of the freedom to work and employment”

Four contributors of now-defunct Zaman newspaper given prison term

In Zaman daily retrial, court sentenced former contributors Mümtazer Türköne, Şahin Alpay, Ali Bulaç and Ahmet Turan Alkan to 11 years and 3 months combined in jail for “aiding terrorist organization"

Journalists Ferhat Çelik and İdris Yayla appear before judge

Çelik and Yayla denied charges pressed against them over their news item and requested their acquittal. The trial was adjourned until 31 January.

Journalist Cihan Ölmez’s trial adjourned until May 2023

An İstanbul court has ruled to await the execution of the order for journalist Cihan Ölmez’s arrest, and adjourned the trial until 2 May 2023

Prosecution requests conviction for journalist Eren Tutel

Arguing that Eren Tutel had committed crime of “insulting a public official,” prosecutor has requested sentencing for two counts of impugned crime

Journalist Beritan Canözer given prison term

The court has sentenced Canözer to separate imprisonment sentences of 1 year 10 months and 15 days, and 1 year and 3 monthson two counts of “terrorism propaganda” over her social media posts

Freedom of Expression and the Press Agenda: Journalism in the grip of trials and attacks

In the 3rd quarter of 2022, 73 journalists appeared before courts in 51 cases. 11 journalists were sentenced to more than 30 years in prison; only 5 acquitted

Journalist Engin Eren’s trial adjourned

Once more, there has been no ruling in trial of 32 people, including former reporter Engin Eren of shuttered DİHA. The trial was adjourned until 30 November 2022

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