Comprehensive justice monitoring study by MLSA suggests that Turkish courts rely on detention measures excessively in freedom of speech trials; detainees are often not brought to court, or they are handcuffed unnecessarily
This week several journalism and freedom of expression trials will resume at courts, including the trial of Özgür Gündem daily editors and staff, as well as 12 journalists and writers who participated in the “Editors-in-Chief on Watch” campaign in solidarity with Özgür Gündem.  Below is a list of…
List of editors, reporters, columnists and media workers imprisoned in Turkey because of the work they do:
Eight people, including journalist İshak Karakaş, have been sentenced to 1 year 6 months and 22 days in prison for “making terrorist…
26 Mar 2019
Fourth hearing of the trial where reporter and photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan faces “membership in a terrorist organization” and “making…
26 Mar 2019
İstanbul - Second hearing of the trial where Evrensel daily reporter Cansu Pişkin is accused of “disclosing or publishing the identity of a…
25 Mar 2019
A workshop titled “Training for Lawyers: Human Rights Mechanisms” took place in Prague between 5-8 March 2019. The training was organized…
25 Mar 2019
Several journalism and free speech trials were held last week. Below is a list of the hearings monitored by Media and Law Studies…
23 Mar 2019
Journalist Salih Turan was released in a trial where he faced charges of terrorist propaganda, while the hearings of civil society…
22 Mar 2019
Ankara - Writer Fikret Başkaya appeared before court for the first hearing of the trial where is charged with terrorist propaganda because…
21 Mar 2019
Istanbul - Seventh hearing of the trial where 11 human rights defenders face terror related charges for attending a meeting on “digital…
21 Mar 2019
Lawyer Veysel Ok, who has defended dozens of journalists in Turkey who were prosecuted for their work, is going to receive Thomas Dehler…
20 Mar 2019
İstanbul - Cansu Pişkin, In the trial where Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) and People’s Law Bureau (HHB) members face terrorism…
20 Mar 2019
İstanbul - The trial where singer Ferhat Tunç faces “insulting the president charges” for 10 tweets that he had posted in 2016 resumed at…
20 Mar 2019
İstanbul - Cansu Pişkin, During the trial where Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) and People’s Law Bureau (HHB) members face terrorism…
19 Mar 2019
İstanbul - Final hearing of the trial where journalist and writer Ahmet Altan faced “insulting the president” charges for an article…
19 Mar 2019
In the trial where journalist Ahmet Kanbal faces “terrorist propaganda” charges, the panel of judges ruled to seek the Ministry of Justice'…
19 Mar 2019
İstanbul - Third hearing of the trial where a group of Boğaziçi University students face “making propaganda for a terrorist organization”…
19 Mar 2019
Evrensel daily’s former Managing Editor Çağrı Sarı is acquitted during the trial where she was accused of reporting on Paradise Papers.…
19 Mar 2019
İstanbul – Cansu Pişkin, Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) and People’s Law Bureau (HHB) members appeared before court on the 54th day…
18 Mar 2019
İzmir - Tenth hearing of the trial where 24 people including documentary filmmaker and video activist Kazım Kızıl, who was taken into…
18 Mar 2019
Eight people, including journalist İshak Karakaş, have been sentenced to 1 year 6 months and 22 days in prison for “making terrorist propaganda” charges for criticizing Turkey’s military operation in Afrin on their social media accounts
26 Mar 2019
Fourth hearing of the trial where reporter and photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan faces “membership in a terrorist organization” and “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” charges was held at İstanbul 33rd High Criminal Court today. Çağdaş Erdoğan and…
26 Mar 2019
Several journalism and free speech trials were held last week. Below is a list of the hearings monitored by Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) last week: Journalist Kemal Özer’s trial adjourned until 27 March The Prosecutor…
16 Mar 2019
An individual application to the Constitutional Court was filed on journalist Salih Turan’s behalf, who was arrested on “making propaganda for an armed terrorist organization” charges on 12 February. The application was filed by the Head…
01 Mar 2019
Several journalism and free speech trials were held last week. Below is a list of the hearings monitored by Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) last week: Anti-terror police gives testimony about Özgür Gündem raid Third hearing of…
01 Feb 2019
Comprehensive justice monitoring study by MLSA suggests that Turkish courts rely on detention measures excessively in freedom of speech trials; detainees are often not brought to court, or they are handcuffed unnecessarily Turkish courts…
22 Jan 2019

A workshop titled “Training for Lawyers: Human Rights Mechanisms” took place in Prague between 5-8 March 2019.

25 Mar 2019

The investigation concerning the Gezi protests of 2013 has been concluded, and 16 persons, including Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu, who have both been detained pending trial, were indicted.

12 Mar 2019

A group of human rights advocacy organizations held a press conference on 27 February at 10:30 at Aynalı Geçit hall in Taksim.

27 Feb 2019
MLSA’s Legal Unit filed a Constitutional Court application on behalf of jailed journalist Uğur Yılmaz, requesting the release of their client who has been imprisoned for over 16 months, stating that Yılmaz’s detention…
10 Jan 2019
A Kurdish journalist application given priority for the first time by the European Court The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has said it will conduct a priority review of an application filed by journalist İdris…
17 Dec 2018
Writers’ group organizes solidarity campaign for jailed Kurdish journalist PEN International has launched a solidarity campaign for journalist Nedim Türfent, who was convicted on terror charges in late 2017 after…
17 Dec 2018
İstanbul, Turkey - The case of detained journalist Ziya Ataman could be going to the Constitutional Court now that the Legal Unit of the Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) has applied to the Court requesting his…
12 Nov 2018
An appeal by 26 journalists was rejected on October 22 by İstanbul Regional Court 2nd Criminal Chamber. Some have been completed their prison sentence, but others – including Oğuz Usluer, a former Habertürk Coordinator…
24 Oct 2018

The court handed down a 1 year and 3 months prison sentence during the final hearing of the trial where Academics for Peace signatory Özlem Beyarslan has been tried on “terrorist propaganda” charges…

26 Feb 2019

Eylem Sonbahar, İstanbul – Four academics who signed a petition declaring "We will not be a party to this crime", in reference to ongoing political turmoil in Turkey, had their eighth hearing at İstanbul 13…

09 Oct 2018

Özlem Beyarslan, an associate professor at Boğaziçi University, faces charges of…

26 Sep 2018
Lawyer Veysel Ok, who has defended dozens of journalists in Turkey who were prosecuted for their work, is going to receive Thomas Dehler Medal 2019, given in the honor of the first Minister fo Justice of the Federal Republic of Germany. Ok…
20 Mar 2019
Several journalism and free speech trials were held last week. Below is a list of the hearings monitored by Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) last week: Journalists Baransu and Çoban’s trial adjourned until 19 June 18th hearing of…
09 Mar 2019
An individual application to the Constitutional Court was filed on journalist Salih Turan’s behalf, who was arrested on “making propaganda for an armed terrorist organization” charges on 12 February. The application was filed by the Head…
01 Mar 2019