Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against journalist Sabiha Temizkan for her social media posts.
Temizkan, within the scope of the investigation, was summoned to give statement. On February 13, 2020, she went to the police precinct and gave her defence. During the statement, Temizkan was asked of her Twitter and Facebook posts.
The indictment against journalist Sabiha Temizkan was prepared by Press Related Crimes Bureau of Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, on March 5, 2020.
The indictment claimed that the post was “made in order to introduce, adopt or share a thought, opinion and belief of HPG armed terrorist organisation”. It was claimed that “post aimed to legitimise, promote and encourage the, armed terrorist organisation’s acts of force, violence and menace”.
The indictment accused Temizkan of “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation through press” according to the article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law. She was requested to be sentenced to, from one year six months to seven years six months of imprisonment.
The indictment was accepted by Istanbul 35th Assize Court.
Journalist Sabiha Temizkan’s trial started with the first hearing at Istanbul 35th Assize Court on June 25, 2020.
Temizkan was not present at the first hearing due to health problems. Temizkan’s excuse was accepted.
Trial is set to continue with the second hearing on September 22, 2020.
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