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Journalism on trial in Turkey

Tuesday May 14

Evrensel editor Fatih Polat faces charges of “insulting the president” at Barikoy 31st Criminal Court.

The accusation relates to a column in Evrensel from May 28 2017 which published part of a news report “President Erdogan’s family in secret offshore ship deal” which appeared on The Black Sea blog on May 26 2017.

Ahmet Altan’s trial where he faces non-pecuniary damages for “insult” resumes at Ankara 1st Civil Court

Wednesday May 15

Mesopotamia News Agency journalist Seda Taskin will appear via video link at her appeal hearing at Erzurum Regional Court.

She was sentenced to 7.6 years in prison on charges of “terrorist propaganda” and “aiding and abetting a terrorist organisation without being a member.”

Evidence against her includes recordings of interviews made as part of her work as a journalist and social media shares. Prosecutors insist that her birthname – Seda – is a terrorist codename. 

Former Cumhuriyet editor Can Dundar faces charges of breaching national security and espionage after publishing the news report exposing Turkish intelligence services (MIT) carrying weapons across the border into Syria.

The newspaper’s former Ankara correspondent Erdem Gul and Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Enis Berberoglu face the same charges for publishing the video footage of the incident.

Kurdistan 24 journalist Cesim Ilhan faces charges of “making terrorist propaganda” at Bingol 2nd High Court and will appear via video link from Istanbul.

Mehmet Dursun faces charges of “membership of a terrorist organisation” at Van 4th Criminal High Court.

Thursday May 16

Ozgur Gundem editors Huseyin Aykol, Zana Kaya and Inan Kizilkaya will appear in Istanbul 2nd Criminal Court along with Kurdish politician Hatip Dilce for “publicly denigrating the government, the judiciary, and law enforcement officials” and “publicly denigrating the Turkish people, the republic and the Grand Assembly” in news stories printed by the now closed newspaper.


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