This week several journalism and freedom of expression trials will resume at courts. Below is a list of this week’s hearings:
28 June Monday
- Third hearing of the trial where Yeni Yaşam newspaper reporter Hatice Şahin faces “membership in a terrorist organization” charges will be held at Diyarbakır 9th High Criminal Court this week. Şahin was taken in police custody with 144 other people on October 9, 2018 as part of an investigation against Democratic Society Congress (DTK), a pro-Kurdish NGO. The indictment lists her flights from Diyarbakır to İstanbul and conversations with news sources as evidence against journalist Şahin.
29 June Tuesday
- Fifth hearing of the trial where media critic and writer Deniz Gedizlioğlu is accused of insulting actor Talat Bulut will be held at Anadolu 1st Criminal Court of First Instance. Complainant Talat Bulut claims that Gedizlioğlu “insulted him in order to gain fame” in a critical article published on the Turkish TV show “Yasak Elma,” where Bulut was the lead actor.
- The trial where former Dicle News Agency (DİHA) reporter Engin Eren faces “membership in a terrorist organization” charges will resume at Batman 2nd High Criminal Court this week.
- Re-trial where Azadiya Welat newspaper’s former Managing Editor İsmail Çoban faces “consecutively making terror propaganda” charges due to 15 news articles and columns published in 9 different copies of the newspaper will resume at Diyarbakır 7th High Criminal Court this week. Çoban was initially sentenced to five years in prison in this case but an appellate court overturned the conviction last year, demanding Çoban to be tried again.
- Seventh hearing of the trial where Free Journalists Initiative (ÖGİ) spokesperson Hakkı Boltan faces “insulting the president” and “insulting a public officer” charges will be held at Diyarbakır 12th Criminal Court of First Instance this week. Boltan faces these charges for a press statement he made about Azadiya Welat newspaper’s Managing Editor Rohat Aktaş, who was stuck in the basement of a building during the curfews that were announced in Cizre in 2016.
- First hearing of the trial where 35 women who attended the March 8th Feminist March held in Istanbul in 2020 are charged with “defying the Law on Assemblies and Demonstrations,” “preventing a public officer from performing their duty” and “property damage” will be held at İstanbul 58th Criminal Court of First Instance. Gazete Yolculuk reporter Buse Söğütlü is among the defendants.
30 June Wednesday
- Trial where journalist Hayri Demir is accused of “membership in a terrorist organization” and “making terrorist propaganda” charges will resume at Ankara 15th High Criminal Court this week. This new trial received media attention because evidence presented in the indictment included footage and photographs taken by Demir while he was covering news in Syria. This footage was inside a memory card from a camera that was stolen from Demir’s home in Ankara.
1 July Thursday
- Tenth hearing of the trial where 22 journalists who were taken into custody while the police was raiding Özgür Gündem daily’s office on 16 June 2016 are tried on charges of “resisting a public official to prevent them from performing their duty” and “libel” will be held at İstanbul 5th Criminal Court of the First Instance.
- First hearing of the trial where Germany-based Die Welt correspondent Deniz Yücel faces “degrading the Turkish Nation and State of the Turkish Republic” charges pursuant to Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code and “insulting the President” charges will be held at İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance this week. İstanbul 32nd High Criminal Court had sentenced journalist Yücel to 2 years and 9 months in prison for “making terror propaganda” charges last July and alongside the verdict, had ruled to file additional lawsuits against journalist Deniz Yücel for “insulting the President” and “publicly degrading the Turkish Nation, State of the Turkish Republic, the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the judicial bodies” charges based on two separate articles he penned for Die Welt in late 2016.
- Second hearing of the trial where Oda TV editor Caner Taşpınar faces “insult” charges for his 2020 book titled “Son-in-Law: Fethullahists In-Laws in the AKP” will be held at İstanbul 11th Criminal Court of First Instance. Taşpınar faces this charge per complaints of former Turkish Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman and AKP founder members İhsan Arslan and Ali İhsan Arslan based on what is written of them in the mentioned book.
2 July Friday
- Second hearing of the trial where Mesopotamia Agency (MA) reporters Adnan Bilen, Cemil Uğur and Zeynep Durgut, Jinnews reporter Şehriban Abi and freelance journalist Nazan Sala face “membership in a terrorist organization” charges will be held at Van 5th High Criminal Court this week. Bilen, Uğur, Abi and Sala who were arrested on October 9, 2020 after reporting on the torture and throwing off of Osman Şiban and Servet Turgut from a helicopter by soldiers in Van’s Çatak district have been in pre-trial detention for nearly six months after being released pending trial during the first hearing held on April 2, 2021. Journalist Sala faces “terror propaganda” charges as well.