Tuğba Özer – İHH / “Suit for Damage”

A lawsuit was filed against İleri Haber web site’s correspondent Tuğba Özer, for her news story dated December 13, 2016 and titled “ISIS Mentality in Education: IHH-member teacher took a picture of his students holding hangman’s nooses.”

In her news story, Özer reported that a teacher who was a member of the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH) -claimed to have links to armed groups- took a picture of his students holding hangman’s nooses in the classroom.

İHH claimed that Özer and İleri Haber web site commited the crimes of insult and slander, and demanded 10 thousand TL for immaterial damages.

In its petition for the case, İHH claimed that it was slandered through a fabricated, unfounded news story, which humiliated and defamed İHH.

The trial against Özer took place at İstanbul 23. Criminal Court of First Instance. At the 6. hearing of the trial on October 17, 2019, the chairman of the panel of judges sentenced Özer and İleri Haber web site to 5 thousand TL for immaterial damages.

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