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.



Journalists in State of Emergency - 138

“KCK press trial” adjourned again; 18 defendants separated from “Zaman trial” make final defense statements; at...

Freedom of Expression and the Press Turkey - 169

16 more signatories of Academics for Peace petition given jail terms on “propaganda” charge; Ece Sevim Öztürk con...

Journalist Cansu Pişkin stands trial over news report

Lawyers argue that the trial should not proceed as the indictment was submitted after the expiry of the statute of limi...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 181

Journalist Yasin Kobulan given 18-month prison sentence on “propaganda” charge; Evrensel journalists appear in cour...

Journalist Cansu Pişkin handed down prison sentence

Pişkin gets 10 months in prison for “marking the identity of a state official assigned in the fight against terroris...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 190

Three journalists taken into custody in Istanbul; Hasan Cemal handed down sentence over 2015 column; Cansu Pişkin give...

Turkey marks Press Freedom Day against bleak backdrop

May 3 was International World Press Freedom day, which was marked in a particularly poignant atmosphere this year in Tu...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 184

Journalists İshak Karakaş, Lezgin Akdeniz handed down jail terms; jailed journalists Semiha Şahin, Pınar Gayıp, Ha...

Courts render contrasting verdicts in “Paradise Papers” trials

Two journalists in Turkey stood trial for their reporting based on the leaked documents. One was handed down a jail ter...

Nine journalists sentenced for solidarity with Özgür Gündem

Defendants handed down a total of 14 years and 3 months in prison for “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist group...

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