Columnist at HaberTürk news site. She was accused of “publicly insulting a public officer due to the performance of his public duty through an audio, text or visual message” through her article entitled “Minister of Justice’s reaction to that disgraceful decision”, published on the webpage on June 15, 2018. She was requested to be sentenced to, from one year two month to two years four months of imprisonment. She is released pending trial.
Necati Doğru is a columnist for the Sözcü Newspaper. He was tried under the charges of “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization knowingly and willingly, though he is not a member 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.
She was the editor in charge of the Karınca Newspaper news website. She was; accused of “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation in a successive manner” following the articles published in the site about the military operations Turkey launched in northern Syrian city of Afrin, requested to be sentenced to, from one year three months to eight years nine months of imprisonment, and acquitted. She was charged with “publicly insulting the President in a successive manner” again through the articles published in the site and requested to be sentenced to, from a year five months 15 days to eight years two months of imprisonment. She was acquitted.
Linguist Necmiye Alpay was a member of the Consulting Board of Publishing at Özgür Gündem. She was arrested at August 2016 along with the publishing board members and the employees of the paper after the paper was shut down. She was detained for 120 days. She was released at the first hearing of the case and acquitted at the end of the trial.
Nedim Türfent started journalism in 2012 at the Dİcle News Agency (DİHA), which has been shut down by a decree law. In May 2016, he was taken into custody in Van. He was sentenced to 8 years and 9 months in prison on the charge of “being a member of an organization.” The verdict was approved by the Court of Cassation on May 21, 2019. His individual appeal to the Constitutional Court is ongoing. He has been detained since May 13, 2016 in prison.
She worked as a reporter for the Dicle News Agency (DİHA), which was closed down by a State of Emergency decree law. While she was the agency’s correspondent in Hakkari, she was detained on December 20th, 2011 as part of an investigation generally known as the “KCK Press Trial”. She was arrested on charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organization”, after four days of detention. She was arrested pending trial until December 6th, 2013. She is charged with “membership of an armed terrorist organization”, facing 7 years 6 months to 15 years in prison. Her trial continues.
Nuray Özdoğan is an attorney at law. She was a writer for the now-closed Özgür Gündem newspaper. She was charged with “terrorist organisation propaganda” over one of her articles published in the newspaper. The prosecution demanded that Özdoğan be sentenced to imprisonment of between one and five years. Özdoğan was acquitted on 21 May 2019 at the end of the trial process which lasted for approximately three years.
Nurettin Fırat was a reporter and editor with Özgür Gündem newspaper, closed permanently by a Decree Law issued under the State of Emergency. He was taken under custody on December 20th, 2011 under the investigation known as the “KCK Press” case, and arrested on December 24th, 2011. He was imprisoned pending trial for two and a half years, and then released on May 12th, 2014. He faces 15 years, 6 months to 22 years in prison on charges of “leading and establishing an armed terrorist organization.
She was a columnist at Zaman Daily, which later was shut down. Within the scope of the trial against Zaman writers, she was accused of “attempting to abolish the order foreseen by the constitution, the parliament and the government of the Republic of Turkey by use of force and violence” and “armed terrorist organisation membership”. She faced 3 times aggravated life imprisonment and from 7 years 6 months to 15 years of imprisonment. She was detained for 75 days. Was acquitted. Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office objected the acquittal decision of Akman at the appeal court. However the appeal court approved the decision. File is being inspected at the Court of Cassation.
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