Hikmet Tunç - “Publicy Insulting the Public Official” Trial

Van Muradiye Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against JinNews reporter Hikmet Tunç for May 13, 2019 article with the title “Muradiye waterfalls, once made present for 4 million 500 thousand TL’s, left to its fate”.

The indictment against Tunç was completed on April 2, 2020.

Tunç’s article had used the following phrases:

“Scandals were revealed in the report, prepared by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), after they took the municipality from the trustees at the local elections on March 31, following the inspections made at the waterfall. Restoration material was piled up at the entrance of the waterfall, and the companies had disappeared without finishing the project. According to the information stated in the report, Muradiye Waterfall landscaping and recreation area construction work negotiated tendering was held on August 1, 2018.“

According to the indictment, Yücel in his denunciation, claimed that Tunç and an alderman “had insulted him with the allegation of corruption”.

The indictment claimed that Tunç “had made statements that she claimed corruption without any evidence that is based on facts and no reliable evidence is presented, the limits of freedom of expression were severely violated”.

Trial of JinNews Women’s Agency reporter Hikmet Tunç started at Van Muradiye Criminal Court of First Instance. First hearing is set to October 21, 2020.

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