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.



Meşale Tolu

Meşale Tolu, a German citizen who worked as a reporter and translator for Etkin News Agency (ETHA), was detained durin...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 81

Prosecutor seeks up to 15 years for journalist Meşale Tolu, a German passport holder   An indictment charging M...

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Two released in “coup” case where 13 journalists are on trial   On August 18, a Turkish court ruled for ...

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Two journalists attacked and detained; WSJ reporter given prison sentence and ETHA journalist Tolu remains in prison ...

Meşale Tolu released after 8 months behind bars

Tolu, who faces up to 15 years in jail on “terrorism” charges has been imprisoned since May ...

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ETHA reporter Meşale Tolu released, while Berberoğlu, Dündar and Gül face up to 15 years in jail in MIT trucks ...

Court maintains travel ban on Meşale Tolu

The trial against 27 suspects, including journalist and translator Meşale Tolu, resumed at the 29th High Criminal Cour...

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

Court lifts travel ban for German journalist Meşale Tolu

A Turkish court has lifted a travel ban for German journalist Meşale Tolu, who was arrested last year on terrorism-rel...

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

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