Upcoming Trials

Journalism and free speech trials: Week of November 11 – 15

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

November 12, Tuesday
  • Eighth 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 is tried whilst in detention and has been detained since 11 October 2018.
  • Trial where journalist and writer Ahmet Altan faces “attempting to influence the fair trial” and “breach of confidentiality” charges for a column he wrote in Taraf daily on July 11, 2009 will be held at Anadolu 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance. This case was reopened when Altan’s sentence for another insulting the president case from March 2018 was upheld.
November 14, Thursday
  • Third hearing of the trial where Evrensel daily’s Editor-in-Chief Fatih Polat faces “insulting the president” charges will resume at Bakırköy 31st Criminal Court of First Instance. Polat faces this accusation due to his Evrensel column from 28 May 2017 where he published parts of journalist Craig Shaw’s news reportPresident Erdoğan’s family in secret offshore ship dealpublished on The Black Sea on 26 May 2017.
  • Trial where Free Journalists Initiative (ÖGİ) spokesperson Hakkı Boltan faces “insulting the president” 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. 
  • The trial where four Middle East Technical University (METU) students face “insulting the president” charges for the banner they carried during the commencement ceremony will resume at Ankara 11th Criminal Court of First Instance. The person who allegedly printed the banner also stands trial. The concerned banner refers to a cartoon of Turkish magazine Penguen from 2006, which shows Erdoğan as different kinds of animals with the caption “Kingdom of Tayyips.”
  • Fourth hearing of the trial where since shuttered TV10’s former cameraman Kemal Demir and staffer Kemal Karagöz face “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization without being a member” charges will be held at Istanbul 28th High Criminal Court. Demir was released from prison in the previous hearing after a detention period of over a year.