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 says Ahmet Altan should be freed after judicial reform

Trial will be a test case to reveal whether the reform is really an attempt to free expression, lawyer Çalıkuşu says...

ANALYSIS – Judicial Reform Package: An old box in fancy wrapping

Although Article 7/2 of Turkey’s Anti-Terror Law is one of the most critical problems for press freedom and freedom o...

Parliament passes early release bill, political prisoners excluded

Although government claims that bill is aimed at protecting detainees from Covid-19 outbreak, journalists and other pol...

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Ahmet Altan’s lawyer calls on ECtHR to review his application

Altan’s individual application has been pending before the European Court of Human Rights since January 2017. Altan h...

Semiha Şahin, Pınar Gayıp released under house arrest

Etkin news agency journalists Şahin and Gayıp, standing trial on terrorism-related charges, had been in pre-trial det...

Rights defenders acquitted in “Özgür Gündem solidarity trial” 

Fincancı, Önderoğlu and Nesin were accused of “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization,” “incitement...

Bar associations call for former Cumhuriyet employees to be released

Statement signed by the Union of Bar Associations and 72 provincial bar associations urges Supreme Court of Appeals to ...

Altans’ lawyer files 16th petition for court panel to be replaced

Lawyer Figen Albuga Çalıkuşu reiterates her call to the Council of Judges and Prosecutors to replace court panel ahe...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 210

Actor Ersin Umut Güler handed down 21-month sentence for “insulting the president”; prosecutor asks court to convi...

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