Ece Sevim Öztürk was the editor-in-chief of the news website Çağdaş Ses. She was accused of “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” and spent 5 months and 21 days in prison. She was sentenced to 3 years 1 month and 15 days in prison for “aiding a terrorist organization knowingly and willingly.” The appeal process continues.
Ekrem Dumanlı was the editor-in-chief of the Zaman Newspaper, which has since been closed. The prosecutor demanded an aggravated life imprisonment up to three times regarding his case, which is part of the FETÖ Media Main Case in which many writers and journalists were prosecuted. However, he was abroad when the investigation began.
Elif Aydoğmuş worked as an editor for the Özgür Gündem Newspaper. After the newspaper was shut down by the Istanbul 8th Criminal Court of Peace, she was arrested by the police officers who raided the newspaper’s building. She was accused of “resisting a public officer to prevent him from performing his duty” (TPC 265/1) and “insulting” (TPC 125).
Emin Çölaşan is a columnist for the Sözcü Newspaper. He started working as a journalist in 1977. He is being prosecuted in the Sözcü trial with the charges of “aiding a terrorist organization, though he doesn’t belong to the structure of that organisation.” The prosecutor recommends a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Eray Sargın was the editor-in-chief of Yolculuk Newspaper. He reported the news about Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law and then-Minister of Energy and Natural Sources, Berat Albayrak’s emails which was published by a ‘hacker’ group called ‘RedHack.’ He has been pending trial within the scope of the ‘Redhack lawsuit.’ Prosecutors have recommended he receive 16.5 years of jail time.
He has been a journalist since 1992. He was in pre-trial detention for 92 day for the news he made regarding the criminal investigation reports of the trucks which were stopped that allegedly belonged to MIT and were carrying weaponry to Syria while he was the Ankara correspondent of Cumhuriyet Newspaper. He was released after the “Violation of Rights” decision of the Constitutional Court. Through the trial process he was first sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment then acquitted.
Erdem Özden is a reporter for the Mavi Didim Newspaper. He was prosecuted without arrest for reporting the Labour Party’s (Emek Partisi) protest of the Afrin military operation. Like the other journalists from Didim, Özden was charged with “publicly provoking hatred or hostility in one section of the public against another section” (TPC 216). Özden was acquitted.
Eren Erdem is a journalist and writer. He is also a former CHP [Republican People’s Party] Member of Parliament. He was prosecuted and charged for “aiding and abetting an organization knowingly and willingly, although he does not belong to the structure of that organization,” and was sentenced to 4 years and 2 months in prison.
Eren Keskin is a lawyer, she is also a columnist and co-editor-in-chief for the Özgür Gündem newspaper. With the closing down of the Özgür Gündem, the prosecution of the columnists and managers of the newspaper began. Keskin is on trial for “being a member of a terrorist organization” and “making propaganda for a terrorist organization.”
Detained as a reporter for the Dicle News Agency, Evrim Kepenek is on trial for the KCK Press Case on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organization.” Kepenek worked for the Cumhuriyet, Birgün, Taraf, DİHA, and Jin News. She now works as the editor of the Women and LGBTI section on the Bianet news website.