On August 16, 2016, Istanbul 8. Criminal Court of Peace ordered that Özgür Gündem newspaper be shuttered for “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization”.
On the day of the court order for closing down the newspaper, the newspaper building was raided by the police. While the police searched the building, they disrupted the IMC TV team who were doing a live broadcast. Twenty-two people including newspaper editors, the editor-in-chief and IMC TV reporters who were there for an interview were beaten and detained, with their hands handcuffed behind their back. The individuals in custody were released after their statements were taken by prosecutors on August 28, 2016.
The indictment was accepted by Istanbul 5. Criminal Court of First Instance; a lawsuit was filed against 22 people, 17 of whom were journalists. Three police officers from Anti-Terror Branch who took part in the raid figured as complainants in the indictment.
The police officers who participated in the raid were heard at the court as complainants and witnesses. The confiscated materials belonging to the detained journalists have still not been returned.
The 7th hearing of the case could not be held 2 June 2020, as planned. The trial, postponed to 22 October 2020 due to Coronavirus pandemic measures.