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.



Şahin Alpay

Şahin Alpay is a 74-year-old political scientist and a long-time columnist for the shuttered Zaman daily...

Nuriye Ural

Journalist and columnist Nuriye Ural, best known for the interviews she conducted with various public opinion leaders, ...

Lale Sarıibrahimoğlu

Lale Sarıibrahimoğlu, a veteran defense reporter and a former columnist with the Zaman daily, was detained on 17 July...

Orhan Kemal Cengiz

Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a human rights lawyer and former columnist, is on trial alongside 10 columnists for the shuttered Z...

Jailed journalists in Zaman trial remain behind bars 

Five journalists give final defense statements in fifth hearing of Zaman trial as court adjourns case until July Ele...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 144

Former Samanyolu executive Hidayet Karaca given aggravated life sentence, DİHA editor fined, new arrest warrant issued...

BHRC: Serious concerns over rights violations in Zaman trial

“It is plausible that these charges are politically motivated, and that they represent a grave incursion into freedom...

Five acquitted in Zaman trial, two journos released from prison

Court convicts 6 journalists of “membership in terrorist group” while acquitting all 11 defendants of the “coup...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 148 

Verdict issued in long-running trial into former columnists and editors of Zaman daily; indictment against jailed repor...

Appellate court upholds verdict in "Zaman trial"

The trial court had convicted columnists Ahmet Turan Alkan, Ali Bulaç, Şahin Alpay, Mümtazer Türköne, Mustafa Üna...

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