On October 9, 2018, Mesopotamia News Agency Reporter Esra Solin Dal’s home was raided due to an alleged denunciation. Dal’s video camera and cell phone, and her brother’s computer were seized. After three days in detention, she was released on condition of judicial control.
On December 6, 2018, Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor issued an indictment against Dal. The 36-page indictment cited Dal’s phone calls for journalistic purposes as evidence of crime. In the indictment, the prosecutor pressed charges against Dal for membership of an armed terrorist organization, basing himself on “secret witness statement and phone records confirming this statement, open source research records, video analyses and photographic identification reports, the defense statement of the suspect, and the examination of the entire file”.
Dal was acquitted at the first hearing of the case on March 20, 2019.