He was a reporter with the Dicle News Agency (DİHA) closed down with a decree law during the State of Emergency. He was taken into custody under the investigation generally known as “KCK Press Trial” in December 2011. He was imprisoned pending trial for two years. He faces 15 to 22.5 years in prison on charges of “establishing and leading an armed terror organization.”
Journalist/Author and academician, was imprisoned for 1 year and 9 months. Despite the Violation of Rights decision of the Constitutional Court he wasn’t released for 5 and a half months. He was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment for “attempting to abolish the constitutional order of the Republic of Turkey”. The Court of Cassation has acquitted Mehmet Altan. However he is being accused of “assisting an organisation without taking part” on the trial that restarted on October 8th, 2019. Court of Cassation decided for his acquittal. However in the retrial at October 8th, 2019, he was accused of “aiding an organisation without being a member”. After the trial he was acquitted.
Mehmet Çağlar Tekin is the chief coordinator of Yurt Newspaper. He was tried for publishing the interview of journalist Tunca Öğreten with Perihan Mağden, which was first published on Diken. He was charged for “insulting the president of the Republic.” He was acquitted of the charge after judicial proceedings.
He worked as a managing editor, columnist and reporter for the newspaper Azadîya Welat, which was closed down by a State of Emergency decree law. He was detained on December 20th, 2011 as part of an investigation generally known as the “KCK Press Trial”. He was arrested on December 24th, 2011 on charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organization”, and stayed in prison until March 27th, 2014. He continues to stand trial, facing 7 years 6 months to 15 years in prison.
Works as a freelance journalist in Diyarbakır. A lawsuit was opened against him based on his social media publications for “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation in a successive manner”. Erol was acquitted at the first hearing of the case where he was requested to be sentenced for up to 8 years 9 months of imprisonment.
Mehmet Özdemir was the editor-in-chief of the Zaman Newspaper, which has since been shuttered. As part of the legal cases against the newspaper, the prosecutor sought three times aggravated life imprisonment and an additional 7.5 to 15 years in prisonand for “being a member of an armed organization” (314/2). The charges against him were coup-plotting and terrorism. He was acquitted after one year and nine months of pretrial detention.
Writer at T24 news webpage. He is being tried for 4 articles he wrote, questioning the increment of the wealth of Binali Yıldırım, former Chairman of the Parliament, former Prime Minister and former AKP MP, and Yıldırım’s children. He is accused of “insulting a public officer.” He is requested to be sentenced to, from 1 year 5 months 15 days to 4 years 1 month of imprisonment. At the end of the trial, he was acquitted after Binali Yıldırım withdrew his complaint.
Chief editor at Tele1 TV channel. In August 2018, he was accused of “giving false, wrong or deceptive information, tell rumors, give notices, make comments or prepare reports or distribute them in order to affect the prices of capital market instruments, their values or the decisions of investors” with his social media posts regarding the economical crisis and value loss in Turkish Lira. He was requested to be sentenced to, from three years to five years of imprisonment according to the Capital Market Law. He is released pending trial.
She was working at Etkin News Agency as a translator and a correspondent. She was arrested with the accusations of “terrorist organisation membership” and “propaganda for a terrorist organisation”. She was detained for 7.5 months as she was tried. Tolu, after the ban on leaving the country was lifted at August 2018, went to Germany, where she has a citizenship. Her trial is ongoing.
Editor-in-Chief of Sözcü Newspaper. He has been working as a journalist for 43 years. In the scope of the trial against Sözcü Newspaper, he was tried for the accusation of “Assisting an armed terrorist organisation despite not partaking in the hierarchical structure of the organisation.” At the end of the hearing he was sentenced to 3 years 4 months of imprisonment.
Metin Yoksu was a reporter for the Dicle News Agency, which has since been closed. He reported the news about Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law and then-Minister of Energy and Natural Sources Berat Albayrak’s emails, which were published by a ‘hacker’ group called ‘RedHack.’ He has been pending trial within the scope of the ‘Redhack lawsuit.’ Prosecutors recommended he receive 11 years of jail time.
Mümtazer Türköne was a columnist for the Zaman Newspaper. He was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months of imprisonment for “being a member of a terrorist organization” as part of the case where other writers and executives of the newspaper were put on trial. The Court of Appeal upheld the sentence. His file is in the Court of Cassation. He has been in Silivri Prison since Aug. 4, 2016.
Columnist at Yeniçağ Daily. He was summoned to give a statement for “the articles about the funeral service of the MİT (National Intelligence Agency) who died during the operations in Libya” on March 6, 2020. After the statement he was released with a judicial control condition. However due to the objection of the prosecutor’s office, a capture warrant for his arrest was issued. He was arrested at March 8th, 2020 with the accusation of “disclosing publishing and revealing information and documents regarding intelligence actions”. He was requested to be sentenced to, from eight years to 19 years of imprisonment. He is being kept at Silivri Prison. In the second hearing of the trial on September 9th, 2020, he was acquitted from the charge of “revealing information concerning the state’s security and political interests”. However, he was condemned to four years, eight months, seven days in prison for “continuously publishing, disseminating and revealing information and documents about the tasks and activities of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT)”. Upon the announcement of the verdict, he was released from prison. The legal proceedings continue at the court of appeal.
He worked as a reporter for the Dicle News Agency (DİHA), which was closed down by a State of Emergency decree law. He was detained on December 20th, 2011 as part of an investigation generally known as the “KCK Press Trial”. After three days in detention, he was released and a trial was launched. He is charged with “membership of an armed terrorist organization”, facing 7 years 6 months to 15 years in prison.
Murat Kazancı is a journalist. He worked for the Hürriyet Newspaper. He was the news director of the Karşı Newspaper. He was arrested and released in the scope of the Karşı investigation. The Istanbul 23rd High Criminal Court ruled for an apprehension warrant against Kazancı on Aug. 2, 2018. His file was separated along with the other fugitive defendants in the final hearing.
Murat Sabuncu is a journalist. He worked for the Milliyet and Cumhuriyet Newspapers, as well as Tempo and Fortune magazines. He was prosecuted in the Cumhuriyet trial and spent 16 months in prison. He was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months of prison. The Court of Cassation reversed the decision which had been approved by the Court of Appeal. However at the end of the retrials, court decided to persist against the Court of Cassation’s decision to overturn.
Musa Kart started his career as a caricaturist in 1974. He was prosecuted in the Cumhuriyet trial, and was imprisoned for nine months during the proceedings. He was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison, and was jailed once again after the Court of Appeal upheld the verdict. The Court of Cassation reversed the decision against Musa Kart along with all the other defendants from Cumhuriyet newspaper, and Kart was released on Sep. 12, 2019. However, in the subsequent retrial, his prison sentence was reinstated.
Mustafa Çetin was the Editor-in-Chief of the Sözcü newspaper’s online news portal. He was tried for “aiding an organization knowingly and willingly, although she or he does not belong to that structure” (TPC 220/7). Çetin was released pending trial. At the end of the hearing he was sentenced to 3 years 4 months of imprisonment for the accused crimes.
He worked at Radikal Daily and HaberTürk TV. He was taken into custody within the scope of the case, publicly know as “the MIT crisis”, where National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) Director Hakan Fidan and MIT personnel were summoned to give statements. He was arrested on July 18, 2018 and taken to Istanbul Silivri Prison. He was requested to be sentenced to, one time aggravated life sentence and from 26 years six months to 46 years of imprisonment. He is jailed pending trial.
Chief clerk in charge at BirGün Daily. He is being tried for the article “Berat Albayrak - Özge Ulusoy topic was removed from Ekşi Sözlük” published in BirGün Daily. The case was opened due to the complaint of Minister of Treasury and Finance Berat Albayrak. He is accused of “publicly insulting a public official due to the performance of his public duty”. He is requested to be sentenced to, from 2 years 4 months to 4 years 8 months of imprisonment. He is released pending trial.
Economist-writer. In August 2018, he was accused of “giving false, wrong or deceptive information, tell rumors, give notices, make comments or prepare reports or distribute them in order to affect the prices of capital market instruments, their values or the decisions of investors” with his social media posts regarding the economical crisis and value loss in Turkish Lira. He was requested to be sentenced to, from three years to five years of imprisonment according to the Capital Market Law. He is released pending trial.
Mustafa Ünal was the Ankara representative of the Zaman Newspaper. In the scope of the Zaman trial, he was sentenced to 10 years, 6 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. Ünal has been in prison since July 30, 2016.
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