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Journalism and free speech trials: Week of January 27

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

27 January Monday

  • Second hearing of the trial where Jin News reporter Beritan Canözer faces “terrorist propaganda” charges for her Twitter and Facebook posts as well as posts she had liked between 2013 – 2016 will be held at Diyarbakır 11th High Criminal Court this week.

28 January Tuesday 

  • Fifth hearing of the Gezi Park trial will be held at the courtroom inside the Silivri Penitentiaries Campus. The case has 16 defendants and is held by the İstanbul 30th High Criminal Court. Business person Osman Kavala is tried whilst in detention whereas Yiğit Aksakoğlu, Memet Ali Alabora, Can Dündar, Ali Hakan Altınay, Mücella Yapıcı, Pınar Öğün Alabora, Çiğdem Mater, Gökçe Yılmaz, Meltem Arıkan, Hanzade Hikmet Germiyanoğlu, İnanç Ekmekci, Mine Özerden, Can Atalay, Tayfun Kahraman and Yiğit Ali Ekmekçi are tried without detention. The prosecutor demands aggravated life sentences for all 16 defendants on charges of “attempting to overthrow the Turkish government.” 
  • Fifth hearing of the trial where since shuttered TV10’s former cameraman Kemal Demir and staffer Kemal Karagöz face “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization without being a member” charges will be held at Istanbul 28th High Criminal Court. Demir was released from prison in the previous hearing after a detention period of over a year.

29 January Wednesday

  • Ninth hearing of the trial where journalist Aziz Oruç faces “terrorist propaganda” charges for 12 tweets he had posted between March 17 – May 23, 2016 will be held at Diyarbakır 9th High Criminal Court this week. Oruç was taken into custody in Doğubayazıt, Ağrı on December 11, 2019 after he was illegally returned to Turkey by Iranian officials. Oruç was arrested per “membership in a terrorist organization” charges and is still in detained in Patnos Prison pending trial.
  • Third hearing of the trial where Can TV programmer and Karşı Mahalle reporter Sezgin Kartal faces “insulting the president” charges for attending a press statement in Hatay criticizing the operations against HDP in 2016 is held at Hatay 1st Criminal Court of First Instance. Sezgin Kartal will be attending the hearing via SEGBİS video-conference link from Küçükçekmece 7th Criminal Court of First Instance in İstanbul.

30 January Thursday

  • Journalist Pelin Ünker and Orhan Erinç, Chairman of the Cumhuriyet Foundation’s Executive Board at the time will appear before the İstanbul 21st Civil Court of First Instance for the fourth hearing of the trial where they’re sued for Ünker’s reporting on Paradise Papers. Ünker and Erinç were sued by Çalık Holding for Cumhuriyet’s Paradise Papers reporting where Ünker mentioned the Albayraks’ off-shore accounts from the time when they were executives of the company. 
  • Fourth hearing of the trial where journalist Mehmet Dursun face “terrorist propaganda” charges based on several phone recordings will be held at Van 4th High Criminal Court this week. Former Dicle News Agency (DİHA) reporter Mehmet Dursun was arrested in Van in 2017 and remained in detention for eight months pending trial. 

31 January Friday

  • Sixth hearing of the trial where a group of Boğaziçi University students face “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” charges for protesting against another group of students who served Turkish delight to celebrate Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, Syria on 9 March 2018 will take place at İstanbul 32nd High Criminal Court.