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Journalism and free speech trials: Week of April 22 – 26


This week several journalism and freedom of expression trials will resume at courts in Turkey.  Below is a list of this week’s hearings.

24 April Wednesday

  • Fifth hearing of the trial where 23 defendants of whom 2 are detained face “membership in a terrorist organization” and “terrorist propaganda” charges will resume at the İstanbul 27th High Criminal Court. Etkin News Agency (ETHA) editor İsminaz Temel and reporter Havva Cuştan are among the defendants. Temel had been released in the previous hearing following a 16-month detainment.

25 April Thursday

  • Journalist Çiğdem Toker is sued for 50.000 Turkish Liras in reparations by the Organization of Post and Telegraph (PTT) for her article published in Cumhuriyet daily on 22 April 2018 titled “PTT’s privileged company.” The case will be heard at Ankara 20th Civil Court of First Instance. In their petition addressed to the court, PTT had claimed that Toker’s article is “denigrating and includes statements that destroy the credibility of the organization in the eye of the public.”