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 remain behind bars after third hearing in the Altans trial

 Lawyers for Altan brothers demanding further examination of evidence kicked out of courtroom; their request for a new...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 107

Cumhuriyet, Özgür Gündem solidarity and academics’ trials dominate the week; Emre İper and Ömer Faruk Aydemir re...

Judge expels lawyers, moves trial venue

Lawyers Cinmen and Taş expelled from courtroom after asking Constitutional Court ruling to be put on record. Judge mov...

Altans and Ilıcak trial continues with defense statements

Chief judge constantly warns defendants and defense attorneys during sessions over length of defense statements  N...

Court: Altans and Ilıcak co-perpetrators in coup attempt

Istanbul court maintains defendants in the Altans case “participated as perpetrators” in the failed coup attempt ...

Appeal process in Altans-Ilıcak case to begin this week

The 2nd Criminal Chamber of the Istanbul Regional Court of Justice will hear the Altans-Ilıcak case on 21 September  ...

Prosecutor insists on aggravated life sentences in Altans appeal trial

Appellate court orders continued detention of five defendants, adjourns trial until October   The appeal hea...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 157

Austrian journalist Zirngast jailed pending trial; Prosecutor seeks aggravated life imprisonment for Altans and Ilıcak...

Court rejects appeals against life sentences in Altans case

Appellate court rules to keep all imprisoned defendants behind bars, case now headed for Supreme Court of Appeals &n...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 162

Hüseyin Aykol, İnan Kızılkaya, İhsan Çaralan given jail terms for “insulting the president”; Constitutional ...

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