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Journalism and free speech trials: Week of April 26

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

26 April Monday

  • Sixth hearing of the trial where journalist Durket Süren faces “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization” and “terrorist propaganda” charges will resume at Diyarbakır 4th High Criminal Court this week. Journalist Süren was taken in police custody on March 1, 2019 in Diyarbakır’s Lice district while she was reporting. The indictment against Süren presents her twitter posts, phone recordings, her selling copies of Azadiya Welat and Özgür Gündem newspapers and her TV program titled “Women’s Perspective” from April 11, 2017 as evidence for “terrorist propaganda.” 

28 April Wednesday

  • Eighth hearing of the trial where HDP Diyarbakır Branch’s Press Consultant Vedat Dağ faces “membership in a terrorist organization” and “terror propaganda” charges resumes at Diyarbakır 11th High Criminal Court this week. Vedat Dağ faces this charge for attending HDP events as a press member and sharing about these events on his social media. Dağ is also indicted based on secret witness testimonies alleging that he is part of KCK Press Committee operations.
  • Trial of seven defendants whose files were separated at the end of the Gezi trial will resume at İstanbul 30th High Criminal Court this week. Defendants Ayşe Pınar Alabora, Can Dündar, Gökçe Tüylüoğlu, Handan Meltem Arıkan, Hanzade Hikmet Germiyanoğlu, İnanç Ekmekçi and Mehmet Ali Alabora all live abroad, are tried in absentia and face various charges including “attempting to overthrow the government.”

29 April Thursday

  • Trial where Azadiya Welat and Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspapers’ distributors Mikail Tunçdemir and Ferhat Duman face “membership in a terrorist organization” charges will resume at Van 5th High Criminal Court this week. Tunçdemir and Duman stand trial due to news reports published in both papers in 2018.