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.

Journalist Mehmet Salih Turan’s case on charge of "terrorism propaganda" dropped

The court ruled to drop the case on the grounds that the five years of probation under deferment of the sentence has expired

Journalist Nimet Ölmez acquitted of "insulting a public official"

Ölmez, who stood trial upon a complaint by AKP Provincial Chair Zeydin Kaya said, “I could not have stayed silent when a 13-year old girl was sexually assaulted and pushed to suicide”

Duygu Kıt gives statement over reporting following mine collapse

Journalist Kıt said it was both her “right and duty to report on a development that could place nature and the environment under risk”

ANALYSIS | Constitutional Court’s annulment of the Law no. 7262 and associations

By annulling some articles of the Law no. 7262, the Constitutional Court has partially, and likely temporarily, halted the civil society front of rising authoritarianism

Journalists detained, attacked, threatened over election coverage

At least seven journalists have been detained while covering protests in the aftermath of last weekend’s local elections while two journalists threatened, and others subjected to physical attacks

ANALYSIS | New judicial package "takes us further back than legislation annulled by top court"

The 8th Judicial Package was published in the Official Gazette and came into force in March. Experts say the provision replacing Article 220/6 of the Penal Code may have graver consequences

Journalist Gökay Başcan acquitted of the same charge for the second time

The court had acquitted Başcan in the trial held by simple trial procedure on 3 May 2023, but Erdoğan’s lawyers had objected to the verdict

Journalist Uğur Koç sentenced to imprisonment for "insulting the president"

Koç was on trial for a photograph of the perpetrator in the news item titled “Man who caused death of dog through sexual abuse arrested” containing a photograph of President Erdoğan in the background

Journalist Dilan Esen ordered to pay administrative fine for "insulting a public official"

Esen was on trial for reporting on claims by İYİ Party MP Ümit Özlale concerning Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy

Journalist Erdem Avşar given jail term on charge of "defamation"

Avşar was on trial for reporting on Sedat Peker’s claims for Yeniçağ newspaper’s website

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