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Journalism and free speech trials: Week of November 16

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

17 November Tuesday

  • Fourth hearing of the trial where journalist Uğur Güç is accused of insulting President Erdoğan’s lawyer Mustafa Doğan İnal will be held at Anadolu 29th Criminal Court of First Instance this week. Güç faces this charge for a news report published in haber.sol.org news portal titled “Court obeyed the foul-mouthed lawyer: Prison sentence for Işıl Özgentürk.”
  • Second hearing of the trial where freelance journalist Oktay Candemir faces “preventing a public officer from performing their duty” and defying “Law no. 2911 on Assemblies and Demonstrations” charges will be held at Van 4th High Criminal Court. An investigation was launched against Candemir in May 2019 when he was following a press statement of HDP officials, which the police intervened, as a reporter.

19 November Thursday

  • Fourth hearing of the trial where BirGün daily Managing Editor Uğur Koç, proprietor İbrahim Aydın and editor Mustafa Kömüş are accused of insulting Berat Albayrak in a news report on  access bans issued for links suggesting his alleged affair will resume at Istanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance.
  • Journalist and DİSK Basın-İş Board Member Ali Ergin Demirhan will appear before the İstanbul 24th High Criminal Court this week.
  • Trial where Kurdish newspaper Xwebun columnist and Kurdish linguist Mehmet Şahin faces “founding and managing a terrorist organization” charges for his activities within Democratic Society Congress (DTK) will resume at Diyarbakır 5th High Criminal Court this week.
  • First hearing of the trial where Adıyaman-based local newspaper Gerger Fırat’s News Manager Özgür Boğatekin faces “terror propaganda” and “disclosing or publishing the identities of state officials on anti-terror duty and/or identifying them as targets” charges for a Facebook post from 2017 will be held at Adıyaman 2nd High Criminal Court. Boğatekin stands trial for sharing the video of gendarmerie sergeant S.Ç.’s argument with HDP Tunceli MP Alican Önlü on Facebook. 

20 November Friday

  • Trial where 32 people including journalist Metin Yoksu face “preventing a public officer from performing their duty” and defying “Law no. 2911 on Assemblies and Demonstrations” charges for attending an anti-government demonstration on 17 December 2013 will resume at İstanbul 13th Criminal Court of First Instance this week. The Istanbul Governor had banned the event, which was organized by Taksim Dayanışması (the Taksim Solidarity platform) in the aftermath of the 2013 corruption scandal in Turkey. Yoksu was following the event as a reporter at the time and was briefly detained.