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.



Erdoğan Alayumat

Erdoğan Alayumat, a reporter for the shuttered Dicle Media News Agency (Dihaber), was taken into custody on July 14, 2...

Journalists in State of Emergency – 74

Arrest warrants issued for 34 ex-TRT employees. Number of imprisoned journalists rises to 166 as Mehmet Çakmakçı sen...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 78

Number of imprisoned journalists reaches 168 with two recent arrests; Cumhuriyet trial continues into fifth day   ...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 95

Constitutional Court likely to announce a ruling that will set a legal precedent for imprisoned journalists   ...

Trial of two journalists charged with espionage starts in Hatay

Dihaber reporter Alayumat has been in prison for more than 6 months. He and his younger colleague Akman, who was rele...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 138

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

Journalists in State of Emergency - 142

Çiğdem Toker faces lawsuit seeking TL 1.5 mln in damages; indictment issued for Özgürlükçü Demokrasi employees; ...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 161

Court rules to issue Red Notice alerts for Can Dündar and İlhan Tanır; appellate court issues reasoned judgment in A...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 180

Eren Erdem and Turan Ababey sentenced to 4 years in prison in Karşı newspaper trial; Pelin Ünker and Orhan Erinç or...

Journalists in State of Emergency – 102

Academic writer Fikret Başkaya detained; 153 journalists behind bars after latest releases ...

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