Hikmet Tunç

Started journalism at Dicle News Agency (DİHA) in 2014.

DİHA was shut down by a Decree-Law (KHK) within the scope of the State of Emergency (OHAL) declared in the aftermath of the attempted military coup on July 15th, 2016. During the State of Emergency, numerous press outlets were shut down by these Decree-Laws passed by the government, without the parliament’s approval.

After DİHA was shut down, she started working as a judicial reporter at JinNews Women’s Agency’s. She is still Van correspondent of the Agency.

She is being tried for making news of the “corruption allegations” regarding the trustees, appointed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the Mayorship of Muradiye Province of Muş

During the State of Emergency, the Government had taken over the control of mayorships, governorships and district governorships by “appointing trustees”. These appointments continued after the State of Emergency.

She was accused of “publicly insulting a public official due to the performance of his public duty”. She was requested to be sentenced to, from one year two months to two years four months of imprisonment.

She is released pending trial.

Hikmet Tunç - “Publicy Insulting the Public Official” Trial

Van Muradiye Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against JinNews reporter Hikmet Tunç for May 13, 2019 article with the title “Muradiye waterfalls, once made present for 4 million 500 thousand TL’s, left to its fate”.

The investigation was launched after the complaint of bureaucrat Harun Yücel, the then appointed trustee of Muradiye Mayorship. Yücel claimed that the news had no base.

According to the indictment, Tunç, in the statement she gave during the investigation, said as a journalist of the public she made the news after Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) report about the allegations that said “the trustees sold the waterfalls”. Tune said she attained the information after her interview with the alderman.

The indictment against Tunç was completed on April 2, 2020.

The indictment against JinNews Women’s Agency reporter Hikmet Tunç was completed by Muradiye Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on April 2, 2020.

The indictment stated that the investigation against Tunç was launched after Harun Yücel’s official complaint, who was the district governor in the meantime, about the article titled “Muradiye waterfalls, once made present for 4 million 500 thousand TL’s, left to its fate” was published.

Tunç’s article had used the following phrases:

“Scandals were revealed in the report, prepared by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), after they took the municipality from the trustees at the local elections on March 31, following the inspections made at the waterfall. Restoration material was piled up at the entrance of the waterfall, and the companies had disappeared without finishing the project. According to the information stated in the report, Muradiye Waterfall landscaping and recreation area construction work negotiated tendering was held on August 1, 2018.“

According to the indictment, Yücel in his denunciation, claimed that Tunç and an alderman “had insulted him with the allegation of corruption”.

District governor and Muradiye Mayorship “Trustee” Harun Yücel was the “complainant” of the indictment.

The indictment claimed that Tunç “had made statements that she claimed corruption without any evidence that is based on facts and no reliable evidence is presented, the limits of freedom of expression were severely violated”.

The indictment accused Tunç of “publicly insulting a public official due to the performance of his public duty” according to the article 125 of the Turkish Penal Code. Tunç was requested to be sentenced to, from one year two months to two years four months of imprisonment. Tunç was also requested to be “bereaved of specific rights” according to the article 53 Turkish Penal Code.

The indictment against Tunç was approved by Van Muradiye Criminal Court of First Instance.

Trial of JinNews Women’s Agency reporter Hikmet Tunç started at Van Muradiye Criminal Court of First Instance.

First hearing is set to October 21, 2020.

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