Hasan Cemal - “Propaganda of Terrorist Organization” Trial

Hasan Cemal was sued for his article titled “Silvan’dan: Bizi acılara, ölümlere o kadar alıştırdılar ki…” (“From Silvan: They have accustomed us to death…”) published on December 4, 2015 on the news web site T24, where he shared his observations from Silvan and his interviews with two locals and the then-Silvan Co-Mayor.

Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor, completed his indictment on June 28, 2018. Prosecutor, cited phrases by the individuals that Hasan Cemal had spoken to, such as “You can’t solve the problem and bring peace with tanks and cannons”, “They have accustomed us to death and suffering …”, “…We do not lose anything from our ambition to struggle”, and claimed that by publishing these phrases in his article Cemal “legitimized the activities of the terrorist organization”, “praised and supported violent acts” and “encouraged people to employ such methods”.

The prosecutor claimed that Hasan Cemal had committed the crime of “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization” via the press as per Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law. He requested that Cemal be punished with prison of 1.5 to 7.5 years.

The trial lasted 3 hearings. At the final hearing on May 7, 2019, the court sentenced Cemal to 1 year, 6 months, 22 days of prison pursuant to Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law. Since Cemal was sentenced to 1 year, 3 months of imprisonment by another court on charges of “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization”, his sentence was reduced. As a result, the court handed down a judicial fine of 3360 TL to Hasan Cemal.

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