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Journalism and free speech trials: Week of March 9

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

10 March Tuesday

  • Seventh hearing of the trial where twelve defendants including journalist Ceren Karlıdağ face defying the Law on Assemblies and Demonstrations no. 2911 and prevention of public duty charges will be held at Izmir 32nd Criminal Court of First Instance.
  • Ninth hearing of the trial where journalist Kibriye Evren faces “membership in a terrorist organization” and “terrorist propaganda” charges for her journalistic activities and social media posts will resume at Diyarbakır 5th High Criminal Court. Evren was arrested on Oct 11, 2018 and was tried whilst in detention until the previous hearing. She was released during the eighth hearing of the trial on Nov 11, 2019 following a 13-month detainment. 

11 March Wednesday

  • Eighth hearing of the trial where Evrensel daily writer Yusuf Karataş faces “founding and managing an armed organization” charges for panels and workshops that he had attended will be held at Diyarbakır 9th High Criminal Court. The prosecutor demands up to 22.5 years in prison for Karataş. 
  • Seventh hearing of the trial where journalist Mehmet Çakmakçı faces “membership in a terrorist organization” charges will be held at at Diyarbakır 10th High Criminal Court this week. Çakmakçı was taken in police custody while law enforcement raided his home on July 4, 2017 and was released on October 18, 2017. His conversations with news sources and photos he took while reporting are presented as evidence against him and the prosecution demands up to 15 years in prison for him. 

13 March Friday

  • Eighth hearing of the trial where 23 defendants including Etkin News Agency (ETHA) editor İsminaz Temel and reporter Havva Cuştan face “membership in a terrorist organization” and “terrorist propaganda” charges will resume at the İstanbul 27th High Criminal Court. Temel had been released during the fourth hearing following a 16-month detainment. 
  • Seventh hearing of the trial where Azadiya Welat and Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspapers’ distributors Mikail Tunçdemir and Ferhat Duman face “membership in a terrorist organization” charges will be held at Van 5th High Criminal Court this week. Tunçdemir and Duman stand trial due to news reports published in both papers in 2018.