Upcoming Trials

Journalism and free speech trials: Week of July 8 – 12

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

July 8th, Monday 
  • First hearing of the trial where journalist Ferhat Parlak faces “membership in a terrorist organization” charges will be held at Diyarbakır 10th High Criminal Court. Parlak was taken into custody on April 10th, 2018 and a judgeship had ruled for his arrest on April 13th, 2018. The indictment against journalist Parlak was submitted almost a year after his arrest, on March 25th, 2019. Parlak will appear before a court for the first time since he was detained 15 months ago. 
July 9th, Tuesday
  • Seventh hearing of the trial where journalist and former Milliyet columnist Mehmet Gündem is tried whilst in detention with “membership in a terrorist organization charges” will take place at İstanbul 35th High Criminal Court
  • Journalist Çiğdem Toker will appear before the Ankara 13th Civil Court of First Instance for the second hearing of the trial where she’s sued for an article on public procurements. Toker was sued by Şenbay Mining Inc. with a request of 1.5 million Turkish Liras in reparations for her article titled “If you’re looking to reduce spending, start with subway tenders,” which was published in Cumhuriyet daily on October 27th, 2017.   
  • Second hearing of the trial where author Temel Demirer faces “praising an offence and the offender ” charges for a speech he gave during a Suruç massacre commemoration that was held in Kadıköy on July 20th, 2017 will be held at Anadolu 33rd Criminal Court of First Instance in Kartal, İstanbul. 
  • Journalist Yetkin Yıldız’s trial will be held at Bakırköy 31st Criminal Court of First Instance.
July 10th, Wednesday
  • The trial where former Zaman daily columnist Mümtazer Türköne faces “insulting the president” charges for a column he wrote will resume at Bakırköy 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance
July 11th, Thursday
  • Sixteenth hearing of the trial where since shut down Taraf daily’s administrators Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Çongar, Yıldıray Oğur, Tuncay Opçin and reporter Mehmet Baransu face “partially or completely destroying, disposing of, stealing, secretly obtaining and disclosing information or documents that, due to their nature, must be kept confidential for reasons relating to the security, or domestic or foreign political interests of the State” charges will be held at İstanbul 13rd High Criminal Court. Journalists face these charges for Taraf‘s reporting on “Operation Balyoz (Sledgehammer),” an alleged Turkish secularist military coup plan dating back to 2003. The hearing will be held in two sessions and will take place on July 11th and 12th.
  • Second hearing of the trial where Gazete Karınca’s former proprietor Necla Demir faces “successively making propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization” charges for the news stories and interviews published about Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, Syria will be held at İstanbul 33rd High Criminal Court.