A lawsuit was opened against T24 news page editor-in-chief Doğan Akın for making news of the publications posted from social media account called “Fuat Avni”. The indictment, prepared by Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, stated that 108 posts of Fuat Avni, shared between 2014 and 2016 were made news by T24 webpage, where Akın was the editor-in-chief.
Said account had set the nation’s agenda with its publications during the term when the disassociation between “Fetullah Gülen Congregation” and AKP Government was starting to surface.
The indictment, prepared on November 17, 2019, stated that “no data, showing connection to the organisation was found”. The indictment even stated that Akın “had published many articles and news against the organisation in the past”. Despite that, he was charged with “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed terrorist organisation without taking part in its hierarchical structure” and was requested to be sentenced to, from seven years six months to 15 years of imprisonment.
The indictment was approved by Istanbul 25th Assize Court and the hearing date was set to February 19, 2020. At the hearing Doğan Akın stated that he has been a journalist for 32 years and shared the articles he wrote at T24 against “the caderisation of the Fethullah Gülen Congregation within the state”.
He said that the posts of “Fuat Avni” were made news as they were in the spotlight at the time. Akın said “journalism is being tried here. I deny all the accusations.” Attorney Taylan Tanay requested acquittal, stating that no identification of the crime was made by the indictment. Court board ruled to send the files to prosecution to prepare the opinion as to the accusations.
Second hearing of the case was to be held on April 17, 2020. However the hearing was postponed to July 2, 2020 due to the measures taken against the “corona virus” pandemic in Turkey.
Third hearing of the case was held on July 2, 2020. Prosecution’s opinion as to the accusations was presented to Doğan Akın’s legal team before the hearing. The prosecutor, in the opinion requested Akın’s acquittal.
Doğan Akın, at the hearing, stated that he agreed with the opinion and requested his acquittal.
Court board ruled for Doğan Akın’s acquittal
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