Abdülkerim Balcı worked as an Ankara correspondent and a columnist for the Zaman Newspaper, which has been closed. For him, the prosecutor demanded a sentence of up to three times aggravated life imprisonment in the scope of the trial known as FETÖ Media Main Case. Yet, he was abroad when the investigation started about him.
Ahmet Altan was the editor-in-chief of the Taraf Newspaper, which was shut down. He was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment for his words on a tv broadcast before attempted military coup on July 15th and articles he wrote. His trial restarted after the decision was overruled by the Court of Cassation. He was sentenced to 10 years 6 months of improsonment. With the verdict he was released, however due to the objection of the prosecutors office, on November 13th, 2019, he was sent to jail once again. He has numerous lawsuits opened against him. He has been detained since September 23rd, 2016.
Mezopotamya News Agency reporter. He was taken into custody on 8 February 2018 for his social media postings. He was put on trial on the accusation of “making propaganda for a terrorist organization in a successive manner.” Prosecution demanded a prison sentence from 1 year 3 months upto 8 years 9 months. He was acquitted from all charges.
An investigation against him got underway at June 10th, 2016, for the news published at Özgür Gündem at June 7th, 2016 when he undertook the editor-in-chief on duty position. He was arrested at June 20th, 2016. He was released at July 1st, 2016. His files were consolidated with the files of Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Erol Önderoğlu, who were arrested the same day. In the 11th hearing at July 17th, 2019 he was acquitted of all of the accusations. However the case taken to the appeal court due to the objection of the the prosecutor.
Started journalism in 1983. He served as key advisor of press of the former Prime Minister and President Abdullah Gül for 12 years. He is being tried for his book “İçimde Kalmasın/Tanıklığımdır” he wrote about his impressions of the term he worked. In total, he is requested to be sentenced to, from three months nine months 15 days to 11 years and one month of imprisonment for “insult” in three different cases opened by the complaints of President Tayyip Erdoğan, Chairperson of the Parliament Murat Şentop and Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank. He is released pending trial.
Ahmet Şık has been a journalist since 1991. He was arrested on the charges of “making propaganda for three seperate terrorist organizations.” His file was then consolidated with the Cumhuriyet Newspaper Case. He was jailed pending trial for 14 months. He was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months imprisonment. The verdict was approved by the Court of Appeal.The Court of Cassation demanded a reversal of the decision. However, it asked for Ahmet Şık’s prosecution with regards to the allegations of “legitimazing the actions of the organization” and “insulting the bodies of the state” other than “aiding an organization knowingly and voluntarily.” However the local court decided to persist against the Court of Cassation’s decision to overturn.
Ahmet Turan Alkan was a columnist for the Zaman Newspaper for 20 years. He was kept in jail for nearly 2 years in the scope of the operation against the Zaman Newspaper. Alkan was found guilty for “being a member of an armed terrorist organization” and was sentenced to 8 years and 9 months imprisonment. The Court of Appeal upheld the sentence. His file is in the Court of Cassation.
Akın Atalay is a legal expert and lawyer. He was the Chairman of the Executive Board of Cumhuriyet Foundation. He was detained in the scope of the investigation against the Cumhuriyet Newspaper. He was recommended up to 43 years imprisonment. He was sentenced to 8 years 1 month 15 days of prison. The verdict was approved by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Cassation reversed the decision which had been approved by the Court of Appeal. However in the retrials, court decided to persist against the Court of Cassation’s decision to overturn.
Ali Bulaç was a columnist for Zaman Newspaper which was then shut down. He was also a founding member of the newspaper. He was in prison for 22 months within the scope of Zaman Newspaper Main Trial. He was sentenced to 8 years, 9 months imprisonment for “being a member of an armed terrorist organization.” The Court of Appeal upheld the sentence. His file is in the Court of Cassation.
Ali Ünal was a columnist for Zaman Newspaper which was then shut down. The court sentenced Ünal to 19 years and 6 months imprisonment for “establishing and managing an armed terrorist organization.” The verdict was approved by the Court of Appeal and is now at the Court of Cassation. He has been imprisoned since Aug. 15, 2016.
Alican Uludağ has been working for the Cumhuriyet newspaper since 2008. He was sentenced to 10 months of prison due to one of his reports in the Cumhuriyet newspaper. Also, he has been prosecuted for his reporting on how Pastor Brunson’s release was based on diplomatic and political reasons, not legal ones. Uludağ is facing up to two years in prison. Andrew Craig Brunson, a US pastor who had been arrested in Turkey and charged for “committing offenses on behalf of FETÖ and PKK, and espionage.” Brunson was sentenced to 3 years 1 month and 15 days of prison. His arrest increased tensions between the US and Turkey. After his release, he returned to the US. The court acquitted the journalists on October 22nd, 2020.
Editor-in-Chief of Yakın Doğu News webpage. He was taken into custody on February 29, 2020 for his social media posts. He was arrested with the accusation of “Publicly provoking hatred and hostility in public”. He is requested to be sentenced to from 1 year 3 months to 5 years 3 months of imprisonment. He was in pre-trial detention. At the first hearing he was sentenced to 50 days of imprisonment for the accusation of “praising an offence and the offender”. The imprisonment sentence was then converted to a thousand TL of fine. With this decision he was released.
A reporter with the Kurdish service of Voice of America. He was detained on March 20th, 2017. He was arrested on March 31st, 2017 on charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organization”. He faces a prison sentence of seven years, six months to 15 years. At the first hearing of the trial on November 21st, 2017, he was released after 241 days of detention. His trial continues.
Arzu Demir has been a journalist since 1997. She was kept under custody for 4 days in the scope of the “KCK Press” operation. She was accused of “being a member of a terrorist organization” and her prosecution continues without arrest. Demir is facing from 7 years 6 months to 15 years of imprisonment.
Aslı Erdoğan is an author. She was also a member of the advisory committee of Özgür Gündem Newspaper, which was shuttered. She was prosecuted with all the other authorized persons of the newspaper. She was detained for 4 months and 10 days on the charges of “being a member of a terrorist organization” and “making propaganda for a terrorist organization.” After her travel ban was removed, she moved to Germany.
Aydın Engin has been a journalist since 1969. He was sentenced to 7,5 years in prison for “aiding and abetting an organisation knowingly and willingly, although he does not belong to the structure of that organization.” The Court of Cassation reversed the decision about Aydın Engin. However in the retrials, court decided to persist against the Court of Cassation’s decision to overturn.
Managing editor of Yeni Yaşam Newspaper. Due to his news stories about the funeral of a MİT officer killed in Libya, he was charged with “publishing, disseminating and revealing information and documents about the tasks and activities of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT)” and “revealing information concerning the state’s security and its political interests”, facing a prison sentence of 8 to 19 years. At the first hearing of the trial on June 24th, 2020, he was released. In the second hearing of the trial on September 9th, 2020, he was acquitted from the charge of “revealing information concerning the state’s security and political interests”. However, he was condemned to four years, eight months, seven days in prison for “continuously publishing, disseminating and revealing information and documents about the tasks and activities of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT)”. The legal proceedings continue at the court of appeal. He is also being tried with the accusation of “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation through media” for the article “no peace will flow in this spring” he wrote about Turkey’s mil operation in Northern Syria in Yeni Yaşam Daily. He faced from 1 year 6 months to 7 years 6 months of imprisonment. He was acquitted at the first hearing.
Her articles were published at publications such as, Hayalet Gemi, Expres, Kırmızı Alarm, Kaos GL, Özgür Politika. She was the editor-in-chief of Pazartesi. She worked at Şamdan Plus, Sabah Daily and the weekend edition of Star Daily. She has books published, such as Çalar Saat, Erkekliğin Kitabında Yazmaz Bu and Behiç Aşçı Kitabı, and has translations. She was sentenced to 1 year 6 months of imprisonment within the scope of Özgür Gündem Co-Editors-in-Chief on Duty Case. This sentence was executed between January 29th, 2019 and June 12th, 2019.
Ayşe Oyman worked as a reporter and editor for Özgür Gündem, IMC TV and DİHA. She was detained in December 2011 within the case known as the “KCK Press.” She was jailed for charges of “membership of a terrorist organization.” Oyman was released on March 3, 2014. Her trial continues. Oyman is facing from 7 years 6 months to 15 years of imprisonment.
She was working at shuttered IMC TV. She was accused of “establishing or managing an armed terror organisation” through the meetings and interviews she made with the executives of Democratic Society Congress (DTK). She was requested to be sentenced to, from 15 years to 22 years and six months of imprisonment. She is released pending trial.
Ayşenur Parıldak was a journalist for the Zaman Newspaper, which has since been closed. Parıldak was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for FETÖ membership. The decision was approved by both the Court of Appeal and Cassation. Parıldak, who was 26 years old when she was arrested, has been in prison since August 2016.
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