Çağdaş Erdoğan is an independent photojournalist. He was taken into custody on Istanbul’s Kalamış coast. He was prosecuted for taking photographs of MIT’s social facility. He was charged with “being a member of an organization” and “making propaganda for an organization.” He was imprisoned for 6 months and was released pending trial.
Çağrı Sarı is a reporter for the Evrensel newspaper. Upon the complaint of Berat Albayrak, the then energy minister, current economy minister and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son-in-law, and Albayrak’s brother Serhat Albayrak, Sarı was prosecuted for her reporting on the “Paradise Papers,” a set of leaked electronic documents relating to the offshore investments of numerous politicians and business people around the world. She was eventually acquitted.
Çiğdem Toker began her journalism career in 1986. Due to her two columns, a total of 3 million Turkish liras of lawsuits were brought against her for non-pecuniary damages by Agrobay Greenhousing and Şenbay Mining, which are incorporated in the Bayburt Group. In addition, due to her another article published in the Cumhuriyet Newspaper, the Postal and Telegraph Service (PTT) sued her with a demand of 50,000 liras for non-pecuniary damages. Agrobay Greenhousing’s and PTT’s claims for damages were rejected.