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.

Online panel: Journalists should not refrain from seeking legal action against police brutality

Journalist Beyza Kural, lawyer Meriç Eyüboğlu and trade union representatives Gülfem Karataş and Elif Akgül discussed the increasing police brutality against journalists in Turkey and impunity

Expression Interrupted releases latest freedom of expression and press report

109 journalists stood trial in May and June; 4 journalists were sentenced to a total of 9 years and 8 months in prison. Police violence against journalists increased; 5 journalists physically attacked

ANALYSIS | The Press Card Regulation: A means of designating gov't-approved journalists

The freshly amended Press Card Regulation makes it virtually impossible for dissenting journalists to obtain press cards

ANALYSIS | Can Turkey achieve democracy through judicial reform packages?

Judicial reform packages introduced in Turkey in recent years, though not without their merits, have barely changed anything substantial in the judicial culture, Lawyer Baran Doğan says

Trial of five journalists who reported on torture allegations to continue in October

Adnan Bilen, Cemil Uğur, Nazan Sala, Şehriban Abi and Zeynep Durgut are charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” based on the news articles they wrote

Council of Europe: End the abuse of criminal laws and amend Articles 220, 299 and 301

ECtHR judgments against Turkey that found violations of freedom of expression, many of which have not been implemented for years, were once again on the agenda at the Committee of Ministers meeting

Prosecutor demands sentence for journalists arrested in Özgür Gündem raid

Twenty-two journalists who were violently detained during the August 2016 raid on the newspaper’s Istanbul office are charged with “preventing police officers from performing their duty” and “insult”

Journalist Hayri Demir’s trial to continue in October

Demir is charged with “memberhsip in a terrorist organization” and “terrorism propaganda” over news material found in memory cards stolen from his home in 2016

Prosecutor seeks sentence for four Cumhuriyet journalists

Ocak, Akça, Özbey and Arık are charged with “violating the secrecy of one's private life” and “marking officials involved in the fight against terrorism as targets” over an April 2020 report

Officers who arrested journalist Beyza Kural in 2015 go on trial

The case follows on the heels of a Constitutional Court judgment which held that Kural’s arrest violated freedom of expression, freedom of the press and prohibition of ill-treatment

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