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.



Lawyer Çalıkuşu issues statement on Altan’s release

Figen Albuga Çalıkuşu elaborates on the appeal court’s recent decision to release Mehmet Altan and the appeal proc...

Lawyer responds to prosecutor’s opinion in Altans trial

Lawyer Çalıkuşu: Prosecutor seeks higher-than-minimum sentence for Ahmet Altan for his thoughts. Is this how judicia...

Mehmet Baransu

Mehmet Baransu, a former correspondent for the now-defunct Taraf newspaper, was arrested in March 2015 for procuring an...

Çağdaş Erdoğan

Photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan was detained on September 2, 2017, while taking pictures in Istanbul’s Kadıköy d...

Prosecutor asks for life in the Altans trial

Court removes restriction to lawyer visiting hours and rejects a demand to seize assets owned by suspect...

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...

Top court gives priority to journalists’ new applications

The new applications were filed after lower courts refused to implement the court’s earlier rulings on Altan and Alpa...

Altans and Ilıcak trial draws to a close 

The court is expected to issue its verdict at the end of the five-day hearing on February 12-16. Lawyers say free speec...

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...

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