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.
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.
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.
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 16.5 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.
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.
Musa Kart started his career as a caricaturist in 1974. He was prosecuted in the Cumhuriyet trial. He was in prison for 9 months. He was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months of prison. After the Court of Appeal approved the verdict, he was again sent to prison.The Court of Cassation reversed the decision about Musa Kart along with all the other defendants of Cumhuriyet Newspaper. Musa Kart was released on Sept. 12, 2019.
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.