Hakan Karasinir is a journalist. He uses Hakan Kara in his professional life. He was prosecuted in the Cumhuriyet trial and spent 9 months in jail. He was convicted of “aiding a terrorist organization, though he doesn’t belong to the structure of it” and sentenced to 3 years 9 months in prison. The Court of Appeal approved the verdict and he had to return to prison to complete the remaining 1 year 23 days of his sentence. The Court of Cassation reversed the decision about Hakan Kara along with all the other defendants of Cumhuriyet Newspaper. Hakan Kara was released on Sept. 12, 2019. However in the retrials, court decided to persist against the Court of Cassation’s decision to overturn.
Hamza Gündüz was a reporter for the Dicle News Agency (DİHA). He is being prosecuted for his social media posts and sharing reports about Musa Çitil, a commander who led military operations during a curfew in Diyarbakır’s Sur district. He was tried for “disclosing or publishing the identities of state officials that were assigned in the fight against terrorism” (Turkish Anti-Terror Law Article 6). He was also prosecuted and sentenced to a year and 8 months in prison for “making propaganda for a terrorist organization.”
She started her journalism career at Zaman Newspaper. She was taken into custody and arrested while she was working at the Yarına Bakış Newspaper. Following the coup attempt, she was taken into custody accusing her of “taking part in the media structure of the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETÖ).” Erdal was charged with “being a member of a terrorist organisation” and sentenced a 6 years and 3 months prison time. She is now in prison.
Hasan Cemal began his journalism career at Devrim magazine in 1969. After working for Yeni Ortam, Günaydın newspapers and the Anka News Agency, he started to work for the Cumhuriyet newspaper in 1973. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Cumhuriyet newspaper from 1981 to 1992. He wrote columns for the Sabah and Milliyet newspapers. He has been writing for the T24 news website since 2013. He is the founder and president of the Platform for Independent Journalism: P24. He was prosecuted because of his article titled “From Silvan: They made us get used to the deaths and pains…” (published in T24 on Dec. 4, 2017) and charged with “making propaganda for a terrorist organization.” The court ruled to fine him.
Hikmet Çetinkaya has been a journalist since 1942. He was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months of prison in the Cumhuriyet trial. The Court of Appeal approved the sentence. Çetinkaya’s lawyers appealed to The Court of Cassation. The Court of Cassation ruled to reverse the decision about Çetinkaya. However in the retrials, court decided to persist against the Court of Cassation’s decision to overturn.
He worked for almost 45 years at newspapers such as Özgür Ülke, Özgür Gündem, Halk Gerçeği, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi. Lastly he was a Co-editor-in-Chief at Özgür Gündem Newspaper. He has 63 criminal cases opened against him because of his time there. He was imprisoned after his 3 years 9 months sentence was approved. He was sent to Sinan Prison. He is still being tried for numerous cases. He was released at October 25th, 2019, after the First Package of Judicial Reforms was set in motion at October 24th, 2019, that allowed the appeal process for sentences under 5 years.