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Journalism and free speech trials: Week of May 27 – 31


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

28 May Tuesday

  • 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.

  • Fourth hearing of the trial where Etkin News Agency (ETHA) reporter Ali Sönmez Kayar faces “membership in a terrorist organization” charges will be held at İstanbul 32nd High Criminal Court.

29 May Wednesday

  • Fifth 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.

30 May Thursday

  • Second hearing of the trial where food engineer and academic Bülent Şık faces “disclosure of confidential information in respect of a duty” and “securing and disclosing prohibited information” charges will be held at İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance.

31 May Friday

  • Third hearing of the trial where artist Ferhat Tunç faces “insulting the president” charges for ten tweets he had posted in 2016 will be held at Büyükçekmece 14th Criminal Court of the First Instance.