Turkey Representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Erol Önderoğlu, writer Ahmet Nesin and Chairperson of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV) Prof. Şebnem Korur Fincancı were arrested on June 20, 2016 on the grounds that they had participated in the “Editor-in-Chief on Watch” campaign organized to show solidarity with the newspaper Özgür Gündem. Önderoğlu and Korur Fincancı were released on June 30, 2016 and Nesin on July 1, 2016.
On June 21, 2016, drafted three indictments of 3 pages each, and accused the three journalists of “praising the crime and criminal”, “inciting to commit crime” and “propaganda for a terrorist organization”.
The trial began on November 8, 2016 at the 13. High Criminal Court of Istanbul located in Çağlayan.
In its opinion as to the accusations submitted at the 9. hearing on February 27, 2019, the prosecutor requested that all three journalists be sentences for all the crimes attributed.
At the 11. and final hearing of the case held at the 13. High Criminal Court of Istanbul on July 17, 2019, all three journalists were acquitted.
However, on the same day, the prosecutor, filed an appeal on the grounds that the verdict of acquittal was unlawful. The court of appeal has yet to rule on the verdict.