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.



Rights groups call for release of defendants in Altans trial

17 free speech and rights groups issue joint statement ahead of next week’s hearing in Altans case retrial   S...

Rights groups: Release all prisoners detained arbitrarily

Joint statement by 24 rights groups says early release law passed in Parliament unjustifiably excludes tens of thousand...

Journalists in State of Emergency – 18

Journalist and writer Ahmet Altan and his brother Mehmet Altan, a professor of economics, were...

Rights groups urge UN body to focus on free speech in Turkey

Article 19 and PEN International have called on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to pay closer attention to the “r...

Rights groups: Drop all charges, release journalists

International rights groups including Article 19, PEN International and Index on Censorship will send represent...

Rights groups: Unprecedented blow to fair trial rights

 Article 19, PEN International, RSF and PEN Norway issue joint statement after the third hearing of the Altans case ...

Rights groups: Trials show continuing “onslaught on free speech”

Rights groups observing Cumhuriyet, Özgür Gündem solidarity campaign and academics trials criticize prosecutions in ...

Rights groups: Journalists should be released

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

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...

Verdict in Altans case draws strong international reaction

Institutions advocating freedom of expression and freedom of the press severely criticize verdict that sentenced the Al...

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