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 - 94

Hamza Yalçın, who was arrested a month ago in Barcelona on Turkey’s request, was released on probation   ...

Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay not released despite top court decision

Lower courts refuse to release the journalists, saying detention will be reviewed after top court’s reasoned decision...

Rights groups: Journalists should be released

Eight leading international groups issue joint statement condemning a court decision to refuse to release journalis...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 109

Journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay not released despite Constitutional Court ruling ...

Altan and Alpay’s lawyers call on everyone to respect rule of law

Lawyers say no state organ, or the very court whose responsibility it is to implement the Constitutional Court’s deci...

Altan and Alpay’s release pleas rejected once again 

Istanbul 27th and 14th High Criminal courts reject petitions by lawyers of Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay demanding the...

Court rejects release demands for Şık, Sabuncu and Atalay

Court rejects petitions for release of jailed Cumhuriyet journalists Ahmet Şık, Murat Sabuncu and newspaper’s Execu...

Altan’s lawyers file complaint against judges

Istanbul Bar Association says it agrees with points put forward by Mehmet Altan’s lawyers in petition to the HSK agai...

Constitutional Court’s Altan, Alpay decisions published in Official Gazette

Lawyers immediately file for the release of both journalists following the publication of the top court’s January 11 ...

Trial court insists on decision not to release Mehmet Altan

The Istanbul 26th High Criminal Court says the Constitutional Court overstepped its jurisdiction...

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