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Taş worked as a columnist for the now-closed Meydan newspaper and Haberdar news website. He was detained over allegations of “being affiliated with FETÖ Media Structure” on 31 August 2016. He was remanded on 3 September 2016 on charges of “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed terrorist organisation despite not being a part of its hierarchical structure”. The indictment charged him with “membership of an armed organisation”. The prosecution demanded that Taş be sentenced to imprisonment of between five and 10 years. He was released after the first hearing of the trial on 31 March 2017. The same day, he was detained again as part of a new investigation concerning him. The second indictment charged him with “attempting to destroy the constitutional order” and “attempting to destroy the government”. The prosecution demanded that Taş be sentenced to two aggravated life sentences. The court ruled that Taş be released in the hearing held on 27 October 2017. At the end of the trial process, he was sentenced to imprisonment of three years, one month and 15 days on charges of “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed organisation despite not being a part of its hierarchical structure”. After the approval of the ruling by the court of appeals, he was remanded once again on 8 November 2018. He was released on 8 February 2019 after completing his sentence. The Court of Cassation overturned the ruling concerning Taş. It was decided that the trial should be conducted along with the charges of “defamation of the President” and “publicly holding state institutions and organs in contempt”. Taş’s trial recommenced.


Eren Keskin is an attorney at law. She was the writer for and the co-executive editor of the now-closed Özgür Gündem newspaper. Several lawsuits were filed against Keskin due to her position as the co-executive editor of the newspaper.

Between February and June 2016, she was charged with “terrorist organisation propaganda”, “publicly inciting people to commit crime” and “praising offences and offenders” over the news items and articles published in the newspaper. In the 16 indictments that were merged, the prosecution demanded that Keskin be sentenced to imprisonment of between 18 months and 12 years.

Keskin was sentenced to three years and nine months of imprisonment for the crime of “consecutive terrorist organisation propaganda by means of the media” at the end of the trial that lasted approximately three years. Along with the managers and the writers of the newspaper, Keskin was charged with “disruption of the unity and territorial integrity of the state”, “terrorist organisation propaganda” and “membership of an organisation formed to commit crime”.

The prosecution demanded one aggravated life sentence and imprisonment sentences of between 15 years and 32 years. Keskin was charged with “public defamation of the President” and “terrorist organisation propaganda” over a news report published in the newspaper. The prosecution demanded that Keskin be sentenced to imprisonment of between 26 months and nine years and eight months. The case files concerning Keskin were merged, and the trial is currently underway. Keskin is on trial without remand.


Murat Aksoy was a writer for Millet newspaper. He was detained on 30 August 2016 on allegations of “being affiliated with FETO media structure”. He was placed in custody on 3 September 2016 on the charge of “knowingly and willingly aiding the armed organisation despite not being a part of its hierarchical structure”. The indictment charged Aksoy with “membership of an armed organisation”. The prosecution demanded that Aksoy be sentenced to imprisonment of between five years and 10 years. The court ruled Aksoy to be released pending trial at the first hearing on 31 March 2017. Aksoy was placed in custody again the same day as part of a new investigation. The second indictment charged him with “attempting to destroy the constitutional order” and “attempting to destroy the government”. The prosecution demanded that Aksoy be sentenced to two aggravated life sentences. He was released at the hearing of the trial dated 24 October 2017. At the end of the trial, Aksoy was sentenced to imprisonment of twenty five months on the charge of “knowingly and willingly aiding the armed terrorist organisation despite not being a member of its hierarchical structure” on 8 March 2018. The court of appeals approved the ruling. He was placed in custody again on 22 November 2018 after the ruling was finalised. Aksoy was released on 4 January 2019 after having completed his prison sentence. The Court of Cassation approved the imprisonment sentence after the sentence was completed.


Reyhan Çapan was the managing editor-in-chief of the now-closed Özgür Gündem newspaper. She was included in at least 169 court cases as a defendant. 16 different indictments were prepared concerning Çapan over the news items and articles published in 16 different issues of the newspaper between November 2015 and March 2016. Çapan was sentenced to imprisonment of three years and nine months for the crime of “consecutive terrorist organisation propaganda by means of the media” at the end of the trial process, which commenced in May 2016 and lasted approximately three years.

The court of appeals’ examination concerning the ruling is underway. 18 separate indictments were prepared concerning Çapan over several issues of the newspaper published in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The indictments, which were later merged, charged Çapan with “terrorist organisation propaganda by means of the media” and “printing or publishing the statements of terrorist organisations”.

The prosecution demanded that Çapan be sentenced to imprisonment of between three years and six months and 15 years and six months. The trial which commenced in 2014 is currently underway. Çapan is on trial without remand. Çapan was also charged with “public defamation of the president” and “terrorist organisation propaganda” over a news item published in the newspaper on 8 September 2015 with the headline, Saray Çıldırdı [The Palace Has Gone Crazy]. The prosecution demanded that Çapan to be sentenced to imprisonment of between 26 months and three years and nine months. The trial which started by the end of 2015 is also currently underway.


Reyhan Hacıoğlu was the editor of the now-closed Özgür Gündem and Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspapers. She was detained during the police raid on the newspaper building organised to implement the temporary shut-down order issued concerning Özgür Gündem newspaper on 16 August 2016. She was released pending trial after three days of custody procedures. She was charged with “defamation of a public official” and “preventing a public official from performing his/her duty”.

The prosecution demanded that Hacıoğlu be sentenced to imprisonment of between two years and eight years. The trial concerning her is underway. Hacıoğlu is on trial without remand. Hacıoğlu was charged with “terrorist organisation propaganda” over one of her articles published in Özgür Gündem newspaper.

Hacıoğlu was sentenced to imprisonment of 15 months on the charge of “terrorist organisation propaganda by means of the media” at the end of the trial process, which lasted approximately three years. The sentence was postponed. Hacıoğlu was also tried over the publications of the now-closed Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper. She was placed in custody on the charge of “membership of an armed terrorist organisation”.

She was sentenced to imprisonment of three years and one month and 15 days on the charge of “knowingly and willingly aiding a terrorist organisation despite not being a member of its hierarchical structure”. With this ruling she was released from the prison where she had been held for 444 days. The court of appeals’ examination concerning the ruling is underway.


Tunca İlker Öğreten is an editor for diken.com.tr. He reported the news about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law and then-Minister of Energy and Natural Sources Berat Albayrak’s emails, which were published by a ‘hacker’ group called ‘RedHack.’ He has been pending trial within the scope of the ‘Redhack lawsuit.’ Prosecutors have recommended he receive 13 years of jail time.

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