Freedom of Expression in Turkey

Several current cases address the clampdown on freedom of expression in Turkey. Ayşe Çelik’s case before the Turkish Constitutional Court is an extreme example. Ms Çelik was prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to a custodial sentence for the crime of disseminating ‘propaganda’ in favour of a terrorist organisation under Article 7/(2) of Anti-Terrorism Law no. 3713. Her alleged offence consisted of statements made concerning civilian casualties and suffering while calling in to a TV show. Helen Duffy and Philip Leach presented a joint expert opinion to the Court on behalf of the Turkish Litigation Support Project. The expert opinion examines international law standards relevant to the criminalisation and prosecution of crimes of expression.

The opinion is available here.