Upcoming Trials

Journalism and free speech trials: Week of July 1 – 5

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

2 July Tuesday 

  • Sixth hearing of the trial where since shut-down Zaman daily’s Konya correspondent Şirin Kabakçı faces“membership in a terrorist organization” charges will take place at İstanbul 35th High Criminal Court. Kabakçı was released from prison during the fourth hearing following a 19-month detention.

3 July Wednesday

  • 12th hearing of the “Özgür Gündem main trial” where 9 people including since shut-down Özgür Gündem daily’s writers and executive staff face “disrupting the unity and integrity of the state,” “establishing an organization for the purpose of committing crimes,” and “terrorist propaganda” charges will be held at İstanbul 23rd High Criminal Court. Those who stand trial are: Filiz Koçali, Aslı Erdoğan, Necmiye Alpay, Ragıp Zarakolu, Zana Kaya, İnan Kızılkaya, Eren Keskin, Kemal Sancılı and Bilge Aykut.
  • Seventh hearing of the trial where Artı TV Ankara correspondent Sibel Hürtaş and journalist Hayri Demir face “terrorist propaganda” and “inciting the public to hatred and animosity” charges for their social media posts will resume at Ankara 15th High Criminal Court. Hürtaş and Demir are among 11 defendants who stand trial for their social media posts.

4 July Thursday

  • Seventh hearing of since shut down Dicle News Agency (DİHA) reporter Ziya Ataman’s trial will resume at Şırnak 1st High Criminal Court. Ataman, whom MLSA represents in court, has been imprisoned since 11 April 2016.