The mining company Şenbay Madencilik sued journalist Çiğdem Toker for her article “Tasarruf Arıyorsanız Metro İhalelerine Bakın” (Examine the Subway Tenders if You Want to Economize), in the Cumhuriyet newspaper dated October 22, 2017, requesting compensation for immaterial damages.
The company submitted a petition of complaint to the Ankara Civil Court of First Instance on November 29, 2017. The petition claimed that Toker “degraded the company, by attacking its commercial prestige”. The petition was accepted by Ankara 13. Civil Court of First Instance in May 2018 and a lawsuit was filed against Toker requesting 1.5 million in compensation for immaterial damages.
The first hearing of the case was held on December 11, 2018, at Ankara 13. Civil Court of First Instance. However, the trial was adjourned as the judge was on leave. A the second and third hearings, Şenbay Madencilik demanded that the documents for the subway tender mentioned in Toker’s article be requested from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.
The fourth hearing was held on October 17, 2019, at Ankara 13. Civil Court of First Instance. The case was denied.