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 was tried in the Sözcü trial with the charges of “aiding a terrorist organization, though he doesn’t belong to the structure of that organisation.” At the end of the trial he was sentenced to 3 years 6 months and 15 days of imprisonment for the accused crimes. The verdict was upheld by the court of appeal, and now the appeal process continues at the Court of Cassation.
Emre Soncan was a correspondent for the now-closed Zaman newspaper. He was detained on 25 July 2016 on allegations of “being affiliated with FETO media organisation”. He was remanded in custody on 29 July 2016. The indictment charged Soncan with “membership of an armed terrorist organisation”. The prosecution demanded that Soncan be sentenced to imprisonment of between five years and 10 years. On 23 February 2018, it was decided that his trial file should be separated and merged with another trial file commenced on the charge of “membership of an armed terrorist organisation”. Soncan was sentenced to imprisonment of seven years and six months on the charge of “membership of an armed terrorist organisation” at the end of the trial process that involved two indictments that were separated and then merged. The ruling was finalised after being approved by the court of appeals and Court of Cassation. Soncan has been serving his imprisonment sentence as a convict at Istanbul Silivri Prison.
Columnist at Evrensel Daily. He was accused for his article “Parıl parıl parlıyordu Hermes çanta”. He was accused of “publicly insulting through an audio, text or visual message” on the lawsuit opened due to the complaint of President Tayyip Erdoğan’s wife Emine Erdoğan. He is requested to be sentenced to, from three months 15 days to two years four months of imprisonment. At the end of the legal proceedings, he was acquitted on December 2nd, 2020.
Chief clerk in charge and columnist at Antalya Körfez Daily. He was accused of “publicly insulting the President in a successive manner” through his social media posts. He was requested to be sentenced to, from one year five months 15 days to eight years two months of imprisonment. He is released pending trial.
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 11 years of jail time.
He was the Ankara correspondent of Cumhuriyet Daily. He was tried for the news he made regarding the criminal investigation reports of the trucks which were stopped that allegedly belonged to National Intelligence Agency and were carrying weaponry to Syria. He was detained for 92 days. He was released after the Constitutional Court ruled that their rights were violated. He faced one time aggravated life imprisonment, one lifetime imprisonment and up to 30 years of imprisonment. He was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment. The decision was overruled by the Court of Cassation. At the end of the process, he was 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.”
Writer at BirGün Daily. He was summoned to give a statement for “making news about the information regarding the death of MIT (National Intelligence Agency) member during the operations Turkey had launched in Libya” with the accusation of “disclosing, publishing and revealing information and documents regarding the duties and activities of the National Intelligence Agency” and “disclosing the information that must be confidential regarding states safety and its internal and external political interests”. He was requested to be sentenced to from 8 years to 19 years of imprisonment. His file was separated from the main case file as he is abroad. He is also being tried with the accusation of “calumny” for the article “Bekir Bozdağ Scolded the Prosecutor About Sarin: Do not make operations against Islamic Organisations without telling us” he wrote. He faced from 1 year to 4 years of imprisonment. His trial continues in his absentia as he is abroad.
Representative of Turkey for Reporters Without Borders (RSF). For almost 20 years he worked as the Representative of Turkey for RSF, legal advise desk coordinator, freedom of expression editor and Editor-in-Chief. He is preparing Media Watch Reports for bane. He was accused of “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation” within the scope of Özgür Gündem Editors-in-Chief on Duty case. At the end of the trial he was acquitted. However due to the objection of the prosecutor, the case was taken to the appeal court. The court of appeal overruled the acquittal verdict on October 20th, 2020, and thus the retrial began.
Ertuğrul Mavioğlu is a journalist and a writer. Ertuğrul Mavioğlu supported the “Editors-In-Chief on Watch” campaign organised in solidarity with the now-closed Özgür Gündem newspaper. He was placed under investigation over the news articles published on 10 May 2016 when he acted as the newspaper’s editor-in-chief. The indictment charged Mavioğlu with “praising offences and offenders” and “publicly inciting others to commit crime”. The prosecution demanded that Mavioğlu be sentenced to imprisonment of between eighteen months and 12 years. Mavioğlu was sentenced to imprisonment of fifteen months on the charge of “terrorist organisation propaganda by means of the media”. His sentence was postponed. The court of appeals approved the imprisonment sentence on 15 September 2020.
Ertuş Bozkurt was a reporter for the Dicle News Agency who also worked as an editor and regional chief at the agency. He was jailed for the KCK Press Case on charges of “being an executive of an illegal organization.” After two and a half years in detention, he was released. The trial continues.Bozkurt is facing from 15 years ta 22 years 6 months of imprisonment.
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.
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