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.

"Taraf trial" resumes; court rejects requests for recusal of judges

Baransu and his lawyers demanded that the judges recuse themselves from the case on the grounds that the court has lost its impartiality. Court rejected the request, adjourned the case until November

Mehmet Altan files case against judges who refused to implement top court judgments

The first hearing was held on 13 October at the 4th Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals. The next hearing is set for 21 December

Journalist Derya Okatan appears in court for "propaganda" case

Okatan is on trial for news reports shared on the social media accounts of Etkin News Agency, where she worked as responsible managing editor

Journalist Roza Metina acquitted

The prosecutor, who demanded conviction for Metina for “membership in a terrorist organization,” objected to the court's acquittal judgment

Journalist Hatice Şahin’s trial on "terror" charge adjourned until January

Şahin is accused based on statements by secret witnesses, phone calls she made with her colleagues and her sources and her flights between Diyarbakır and Istanbul

Journalist Ruşen Takva acquitted

Takva was charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” for covering a demonstration and press statement organized in Van province in January 2021

Osman Kavala remains behind bars as "Gezi trial" resumes following joinder

Court rejects defense lawyers’ requests to separate the two cases, trial adjourned until 26 November

Journalists Canan Coşkun, Can Uğur and Ali Açar acquitted

All three journalists were charged with “disclosing the identity of a public official who took part in the fight against terrorism” for reporting on the Berkin Elvan investigation

Journalist Abdurrahman Gök appears in court for third hearing

The prosecutor, who was expected to present his final opinion, demanded that a separate criminal complaint be filed against Gök for two social media posts

Journalist Eren Tutel appears in court

Tutel, an editor for BirGün daily, is charged with “insulting a public official” for reporting on allegations of corruption in the Turkish Wushu Federation

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