Yasin Kobulan, a reporter for the Mesopotamia Agency, stood trial for his six social media posts from 2015. These posts consisted of news stories about the events that transpired during the curfew in southeastern Anatolia, when Kobulan was working for the now shuttered Dicle News Agency.
He refused the accusations during the interrogations at the police and prosecutor’s office, saying that these posts were taken from news web sites, he was a journalist, he had simply shared the news stories from web sites with the general public, and that these news stories and comments fell within the scope of the freedom of thought and expression.
The prosecutor Yavuz Şahin, in the indictment he completed on October 1, 2018, argued that Kobulan “has committed the offense in question by portraying Turkish Armed Forces’ operations against the terror group in the southeast as massacres, and by justifying and legitimizing the violent acts of the terror group.”
The first hearing was held on December 26, 2018. The prosecutor Mustafa Güner requested that the defendant be sentenced as per Article 7/2 (second clause), Article 43/1 and Article 53 of the Turkish Penal Code, for “spreading propaganda for an armed terrorist organization”.
At the second hearing of the trial, Kobulan was sentenced to 1 year, 6 months, 22 days in prison for “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization”. The court ordered a deferment of the announcement of the verdict.
Yasin Kobulan - Sosyal Medya Davası (İddianame)