Ali Açar

A reporter at Cumhuriyet Daily.

At March 11th, 2016 he prepared news with Canan Coşkun, his coworker at the time, about the investigations Berlin Elvan who passed away during the Gezi Park Protests. 2 journalists were then accused for “Disclosing the identity of a police officer who was one of the suspects on the case ” for the news published at the paper.

Berkin Elvan was killed during Gezi Park protests in 2013 when a tear gas canister fired by the police had hit his head.

A case was opened against them for “identifying officials on anti-terror duties as targets”.

They are pending trial.

Berkin Elvan Haberleri Davası

An investigation launched following the news at Cumhuriyet and BirGün Daily regarding the investigation about murder of Berkin Elvan during Gezi Protests.

Both of the articles subject to the investigation were published at March 11th, 2016, at Cumhuriyet Daily with the title “The police officer accused of shooting Berkin Elvan could not remember his place of duty” and at BirGün Daily with the title “Confidentiality order of Berkin investigation caused not to disrepute the murderer”.

Berkin Elvan was killed during Gezi Park protests in 2013 when a tear gas canister fired by the police had hit his head.

Cumhuriyet Reporter Ali Açar had prepared the article with Canan Coşkun, with whom he was coworkers at the time.

Journalists were accused for disclosing the identity of a police officer who was one of the suspects on the investigation regarding Berkin Elvan’s death during Gezi Protests.

A case was opened against Cumhuriyet Reporter Ali Açar, former Cumhuriyet Reporter Canan Coşkun and BirGün Reporter Cansever Uğur for “identifying officials on anti-terror duties as targets”

The indictment that accused journalists Ali Açar, Canan Coşkun and Cansever Uğur of “identifying officials who were on anti-terror duties as targets” according to the article 6/1 of the Anti-Terror Law, was prepared by Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office. 3-page-long indictment was completed and presented to the court at November 21st, 2019.

Journalists were accused for disclosing the identity of a police officer who was one of the suspects on the investigation regarding Berkin Elvan’s death during Gezi Protests.

Prosecutor, in the indictment, mentioned the titles of the articles, that were the subjects of the accusations. Both of the articles subject to the investigation were published at March 11th, 2016, at Cumhuriyet Daily with the title “The police officer accused of shooting Berkin Elvan could not remember his place of duty” and at BirGün Daily with the title “Confidentiality order of Berkin investigation caused not to disrepute the murderer”.

Indictment also included the journalists’ statements at the prosecutors office during the investigation.

In his statement at the prosecutor’s office, Ali Acar said that he had not made the news, he had just written the press statement of Elvan Family Attorney and all the content apart from that was not prepared by him and stated that he had not included any information or documents regarding the investigation in his article.

Prosecutor, argued that the article on Cumhuriyet Daily about murder of Elvan had the name of the officer was written as E. Y. and he was identifiable from the photo.

Prosecutor, claimed that “Berkin Elvan’s death was exploited by some terrorist organisations” and the aforementioned articles “suspect officer was put on target for left organisations” and argued that Açar had committed the crime of “identifying officials that were on anti-terror duties as targets”, regulated by the article 6/1 of the Anti-Terror Law.

Açar was requested to be punished for the accused crimes from 1 year to 3 years of imprisonment and also to be bereaved of specific rights according to the article 53 Turkish Penal Code.

The indictment against the journalists was approved by Istanbul 34th Assize Court and a case was opened.

First hearing of the case will be held at April 9th, 2020.

1. Standing - April 9, 2020


İstanbul Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı, 2013 yılındaki Gezi Parkı protestoları sırasında, 15 yaşındaki Berkin Elvan’ın yaşamını yitirmesiyle ilgili soruşturmaya ilişkin Cumhuriyet ve Birgün gazetelerinde yayınlanan haberler üzerine soruşturma başlattı.

Suçlamaya konu edinilen haberlerin Cumhuriyet Gazetesi’nde “Berkin Elvan’ı Vurduğu İddia Edilen Polis Görev Yerini Hatırlamadı”; BirGün Gazetesi’nde ise “Berkin Soruşturmasındaki Gizlilik Kararının Sebebi Katilin İtibarı Zedelenmesin” başlığıyla, 11 Mart 2016’da yayınlanmıştı. Cumhuriyet Gazetesi’ndeki habere Canan Coşkun ve Ali Açar, BirGün Gazetesi’ndeki habere ise Can Uğur imza atmıştı.

Berkin Elvan; 2013’teki Gezi Parkı protestoları sırasında, polisin attığı gaz bombasının başına isabet etmesi nedeniyle 267 gün boyunca tedavi görmüş ancak yaşamını yitirmişti. 15 yaşındaki Elvan’ın ölümüne ilişkin yargılama sürüyor.

Gazeteciler Canan Coşkun, Ali Açar ve Cansever Uğur ile ilgili iddianame İstanbul Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı tarafından 21 Kasım 2019’da tamamlandı.

Savcı, Cumhuriyet Gazetesi’nde yayımlanan haberde Elvan’ın yaşamını yitirmesiyle ilgili soruşturmada şüpheli polisin isminin “E. Y.” şeklinde belirtildiğinin ve haber içeriğinde polisinin memurunun fotoğrafının tanınabilecek şekilde yer verildiğini öne sürdü.

Savcı, “Berkin Elvan’ın ölümünün bir kısım terör örgütleri tarafından istismar edildiğini” ileri sürdü. Dava konusu haberlerle “şüpheli polisin sol örgütlere hedef gösterildiğini” iddia etti.

İddianamede, gazeteciler; Terörle Mücadele Kanunu’nun 6/1 maddesiyle düzenlenen “terörle mücadelede görev almış kişileri hedef göstermekle” suçlandı. Hakkında bir yıldan üç yıla kadar hapis cezası isteniyor. Gazetecilerin, ayrıca; Türk Ceza Kanunu’nun 53. maddesinde düzenlenen “belirli haklardan yoksun bırakılması” da talep edildi.

Gazeteciler Canan Coşkun, Ali Açar ve Can Uğur hakkındaki yargılama; 9 Nisan 2020’de İstanbul 34. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülecek ilk duruşma ile başlayacaktı. Ancak duruşma; pandemi ilan edilen “coronavirüs” salgını karşısında Türkiye’de alınan tedbirler nedeniyle 17 Eylül 2020 tarihine ertelendi.



Next Trial: Sept. 17, 2020, 9:50 a.m.


Duruşma; pandemi ilan edilen “coronavirüs” salgını karşısında Türkiye’de alınan tedbirler nedeniyle ertelendi.

Bir sonraki duruşma 17 Eylül 2020 tarihine ertelendi.

Berkin Elvan Haberleri Davası (Indictment)