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 by a presidential decree on July 28, 2016. He began his journalism career in 1974. He has been in prison since Sept. 23, 2016. He received an aggravated life sentence in “the FETÖ Media Main Trial.” The Court of Appeal confirmed the verdict, however, the Court of Cassation reversed it. He was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months imprisonment for the crime of “knowingly and willingly aiding an organisation without being a member.”
He was released but after objections he was arrested once again at November 13th.
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 7 years 3 months 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 [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] release was based on diplomatic and political reasons, not legal ones. Uludağ is facing up to two years in prison.
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. Because of her book The Rojava Revolution, Arzu Demir was charged for “making a terrorist organization’s propaganda” and sentenced to 6 years in prison.
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.
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.