Upcoming Trials

Journalism and free speech trials: Week of October 7 – 11

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

October 8, Tuesday
  • Third hearing of the Gezi Park trial will be held at the courtroom inside the Silivri Penitentiaries Campus. The case has 16 defendants and is held by the İstanbul 30th High Criminal Court. Business person Osman Kavala is tried whilst in detention whereas Yiğit Aksakoğlu, Memet Ali Alabora, Can Dündar, Ali Hakan Altınay, Mücella Yapıcı, Pınar Öğün Alabora, Çiğdem Mater, Gökçe Yılmaz, Meltem Arıkan, Hanzade Hikmet Germiyanoğlu, İnanç Ekmekci, Mine Özerden, Can Atalay, Tayfun Kahraman and Yiğit Ali Ekmekçi are tried without detention. The prosecutor demands aggravated life sentences for all 16 defendants on charges of “attempting to overthrow the Turkish government.” 
  • 16th hearing of the trial where since shut down Taraf daily’s former Managing Editor Bülent Onur Şahin, Editor-in-Chief Düriye Neşe Yaşar (Neşe Düzel) and journalist Tunca İlker Öğreten face “attempting to influence those who have judicial duty” and “damaging one’s commercial reputation” charges will be held at Anadolu 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance
  • Second hearing of the trial where civil society worker, whom MLSA represents in court, Aret Demirci faces “insulting the president” charges for his social media posts will take place at İstanbul 59th Criminal Court of the First Instance
  • 17th hearing of the trial where Berzan Güneş faces “membership in a terrorist organization” charges due to his journalistic activities will be held at Anadolu 2nd High Criminal Court. The case was merged with another one heard in Iğdır.
  • Retrial of the case against Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak, Fevzi Yazıcı, Yakup Şimşek, and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül will begin at the Istanbul 26th High Criminal Court after the Supreme Court of Appeals overturned all aggravated life sentences against five defendants and demanded Mehmet Altan’s acquittal. The Supreme Court ruled that Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak should face lesser charges of “aiding a terrorist organization without being its member,” while their co-defendants Fevzi Yazıcı, Yakup Şimşek and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül should be charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” in the retrial.
October 9, Wednesday
  • Ninth hearing of the trial where human rights activists including Amnesty Turkey’s Honorary Chair Taner Kılıç face “membership in an armed terrorist organization” and “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization without being a member” charges for attending a meeting titled “Protecting Human Rights Advocates: Digital Security” at Buyukada, Istanbul will take place at İstanbul 35th High Criminal Court. Taner Kılıç, İdil Eser, Özlem Dalkıran, Günal Kurşun, Veli Acu, Ali Garawi, Peter Steudtner, İlknur Üstün, Nalan Erkem, Nejat Taştan and Şeyhmus Özbekli stand trial.
October 10, Thursday 
  • Third hearing of the trial where Cumhuriyet reporter Alican Uludağ and Cumhuriyet’s diplomacy reporter at the time Duygu Güvenç face “publicly denigrating the Turkish state and its judicial institutions” (Article 301) charges for their news story on Pastor Andrew Brunson titled “While the hostage diplomacy collapses” will be held at İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance
  • The trial where since shut-down Özgür Gündem daily’s Editors-in-Chief Hüseyin Aykol and Zana Kaya, Managing Editor İnan Kızılkaya and Kurdish politician Hatip Dicle face “publicly denigrating the government, the judiciary, and law enforcement officials” and “publicly denigrating the Turkish people, the republic, and the Grand National Assembly” charges for news stories published in the newspaper will resume at İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of the First Instance.
  • First hearing of the trial where Evrensel daily’s former Managing Editor Cem Şimşek face “insulting the president” charges for a news story on German cartoonists who drew Erdoğan will be held at Bakırköy 27th Criminal Court of First Instance.
October 11, Friday
  • Tenth hearing of the trial where 27 defendants including journalist and translator Meşale Tolu face “membership in a terrorist organization” and “terrorist propaganda” charges will take place at Istanbul 29th High Criminal Court.
  • Third hearing of the trial where Gazete Karınca’s former proprietor Necla Demir faces “successively making propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization” charges for the news stories and interviews published about Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, Syria will be held at İstanbul 33rd High Criminal Court.