On April 22, 2018, Çiğdem Toker published an article in the Cumhuriyet newspaper titled “PTT’nin ayrıcalıklı şirketi” (The privileged company of PTT). In the article, she stated that the Turkish postal company PTT granted a tender for the procurement of 70 million TL worth of cameras to the company STM by “invitation,” that the latter received a payment of 42 million TL without having delivered any product, and that according to the trade registry gazette, STM’s board members included Reha Denemeç, an ex-MP from AKP who currently served as Chief Consultant to President. In response, PTT sued Çiğdem Toker, the then Chairman of Cumhuriyet newspaper Akın Atalay, Editor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu, Managing Editor Farun Eren, demanding 50 thousand TL in compensation for damages.
The first three hearings of the trial were dedicated to the completion of official paperwork. For example, the court requested a copy of Cumhuriyet newspaper featuring the article in question and an examination of Toker’s socio-economic situation.
At the end of the trial, the court ordered that the claim for compensation and trial be dropped.
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