An investigation was launched against Yeni Yaşam newspaper after a tip-off about its issues dated May 21-22, 2019. The two issues were not on the Department of Security’s Banned Publications List at that time. However, an individual residing in Kocaeli came to Kocaeli Başiskele Police Department and filed an application claiming that the Yeni Yaşam newspaper had committed crime. The Kocaeli Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office ruled for lack of jurisdiction and sent the file to Istanbul.
The investigation thus launched focused on three news stories about Abdullah Öcalan and another prisoner published on two issues dated May 21-22, 2015.
At the end of the investigation conducted by Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, Press Crimes Investigation Bureau, prosecutor prepared an indictment.
In the indictment Osman Akın, the managing editor, was accused for these three news stories. Akın was charged with “spreading continuous propaganda for a terrorist organization” as per Article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law, and a prison sentence from 1 year, 3 months to 8 years, 9 months was requested.
The indictment was accepted by the Istanbul 24. High Criminal Court. The date of the first hearing was scheduled as January 14, 2020.