Turkey: SLAPP lawsuit filed against academic Yaman Akdeniz over Paradise Papers tweet

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Demonstrators hold posters of jailed journalists while calling for their release, in front of a courthouse in Istanbul, Turkey, 9 September 2020, OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images

New report on Turkey: 213 journalists stood trial in first four months of 2021; at least 68 were in prison

Expression Interrupted, a project undertaken by the P24 Platform for Independent Journalism, has published the first of its regular ‘Freedom of Expression and the Press Agenda’ reports.

Turkish journalist and writer Ahmet Altan (C), with his children Kerem (L) and Senem (R), poses for AFP at his home minutes after he arrived following his release from jail, in Istanbul, Turkey, 14 April 2021, BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey: Writer Ahmet Altan released after Supreme Court overturns his conviction

Altan and his co-defendant Nazlı Ilıcak, whose conviction was also overturned, were sentenced in November 2019 to 10 years and 6 months and 8 years and 9 months in prison respectively, on the charge of “aiding a terrorist organization”.

Ahmet Altan's portrait on the cover of his book "I will never see the world again", 13 February 2019, InTo MüBu/Flickr, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

ECtHR: Ahmet Altan’s detention violated his right to liberty, freedom of expression

Noting that there was no indication that Altan’s actions had been part of a deliberate plan to overthrow the government, the ECtHR ruled that Altan has been unlawfully detained and accused without reasonable suspicion of involvement in an illegal organisation and the 2016 attempted coup.