Rahmi Yıldırım is a journalist and a writer. He was charged with “defamation” of then Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar over the article he published on his personal blog with the title “Genelkurmay Başkanı İçin Çok Üzülüyorum” [I Feel So Sorry for the Chief of Staff] on 3 February 2017. The prosecution demanded him to be sentenced to imprisonment of between fourteen months and two years and four months. Yıldırım was acquitted at the end of the trial process on 25 December 2019. The court of appeals’ examination concerning the ruling is underway following the objection of Akar’s attorneys.
He was an editor at Dicle News Agency, shuttered by a Decree Law during the State of Emergency. Under the case popularly known as “KCK Press Trial”, he was arrested on December 24th, 2011 on charges of “establishing and leading an armed terrorist organization”. He was released on May 12th, 2014 after spending two and a half years in prison. His trial continues, and he faces a prison sentence between 15 years and 22 years, 6 months.
Reyhan Çapan was the managing editor-in-chief of the now-closed Özgür Gündem newspaper. She was included in at least 169 court cases as a defendant. 16 different indictments were prepared concerning Çapan over the news items and articles published in 16 different issues of the newspaper between November 2015 and March 2016. Çapan was sentenced to imprisonment of three years and nine months for the crime of “consecutive terrorist organisation propaganda by means of the media” at the end of the trial process, which commenced in May 2016 and lasted approximately three years.
The court of appeals’ examination concerning the ruling is underway. 18 separate indictments were prepared concerning Çapan over several issues of the newspaper published in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The indictments, which were later merged, charged Çapan with “terrorist organisation propaganda by means of the media” and “printing or publishing the statements of terrorist organisations”.
The prosecution demanded that Çapan be sentenced to imprisonment of between three years and six months and 15 years and six months. The trial which commenced in 2014 is currently underway. Çapan is on trial without remand. Çapan was also charged with “public defamation of the president” and “terrorist organisation propaganda” over a news item published in the newspaper on 8 September 2015 with the headline, Saray Çıldırdı [The Palace Has Gone Crazy]. The prosecution demanded that Çapan to be sentenced to imprisonment of between 26 months and three years and nine months. The trial which started by the end of 2015 is also currently underway.
Reyhan Hacıoğlu was the editor of the now-closed Özgür Gündem and Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspapers. She was detained during the police raid on the newspaper building organised to implement the temporary shut-down order issued concerning Özgür Gündem newspaper on 16 August 2016. She was released pending trial after three days of custody procedures. She was charged with “defamation of a public official” and “preventing a public official from performing his/her duty”.
The prosecution demanded that Hacıoğlu be sentenced to imprisonment of between two years and eight years. The trial concerning her is underway. Hacıoğlu is on trial without remand. Hacıoğlu was charged with “terrorist organisation propaganda” over one of her articles published in Özgür Gündem newspaper.
Hacıoğlu was sentenced to imprisonment of 15 months on the charge of “terrorist organisation propaganda by means of the media” at the end of the trial process, which lasted approximately three years. The sentence was postponed. Hacıoğlu was also tried over the publications of the now-closed Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper. She was placed in custody on the charge of “membership of an armed terrorist organisation”.
She was sentenced to imprisonment of three years and one month and 15 days on the charge of “knowingly and willingly aiding a terrorist organisation despite not being a member of its hierarchical structure”. With this ruling she was released from the prison where she had been held for 444 days. The court of appeals’ examination concerning the ruling is underway.
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