Freedom of Expression Association (IFOD)

The Freedom of Expression Association (İfade Özgürlüğü Derneği - IFÖD) was founded in 2017 in Turkey by human rights lawyers and academics, Yaman Akdeniz and Kerem Altıparmak to defend freedom of expression in Turkey, specialising in media and Internet freedom. The group provides legal assistance in cases involving a wide range of freedom of expression violations. It has successfully challenged website blockings, Internet shutdowns and bans, including of both Twitter and YouTube. It has also taken strategically important cases to the Turkish Constitutional Court and European Court of Human Rights. The Association also regularly intervenes as a third party at the European Court level with applications from Turkey including with that of prominent activist and philanthropist, Osman Kavala, who has been held in pre-trial detention since October 2017.

Grant History

SRT has supported The Freedom of Expression Association East since 2019.
Total funds received to date: £75,000
Current grant: £75,000 over 1 year
Grant start: 1st August 2019

Located in: Turkey
Working in: Turkey

Programmes: Defending Civic Space