Can Dündar was the editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet Newspaper. At the beginning of the Cumhuriyet trial, in which he was one of the defendants, Dündar was abroad. He was prosecuted for his reporting on Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization’s (MIT) trucks and spent 3 months in prison. He was sentenced to 5 years 10 months of prison.
Editor at BirGün Daily. He is being tried with the accusation of making news of tweets of the account called “Fuat Avni”, during the term when the disassociation between Fetullah Gülen Congregation and AKP Government was starting to be visible. He is requested to be sentenced for from 7 years 6 months to 15 years of imprisonment, for “knowingly and willingly aiding an organisation without partaking in the hierarchical structure of the organisation”. He is also being tried for an article he wrote regarding the investigation of Berkin Elvan’s death, who had lost his life after a tear gas canister fired by the police had hit his head during the Gezi Park Protests in 2013, for the accusation of “identifying officials on anti-terror duties as targets”. He is facing from 1 year to 3 years of imprisonment.
Canan Coşkun started her professional career at the Cumhuriyet newspaper in February 2012. She terminated her contract in September 2018. Coşkun was charged for “disclosing or publishing the identities of state officials that were assigned in the fight against terrorism” (Law on the Fight Against Terrorism, Article 6) and sentenced to 2 years and 3 months in prison. The Court of Appeal has yet to approve the verdict. In addition, Coşkun is being prosecuted due to one of her reports and has been charged with “insulting the President of the Republic” (TPC 299).