Upcoming Trials

Journalism and free speech trials: Week of September 16 – 20

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

September 17, Tuesday
  • 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.
  • Second hearing of the trial where imprisoned journalist Ahmet Altan faces “insulting a public officer” charges due to a column he wrote in 2010 will be held at Anadolu 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance located in Kartal, İstanbul. The concerned column was titled “The great battle has started” and published in Taraf daily in 2010. Altan wrote about the leaked phone conversation between two members of the Supreme Court where they discussed İlhan Cihaner’s release from prison.
September 18, Wednesday
  • Sixth 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 today.
September 19, Thursday
  • The trial where journalist Selman Keleş faces “disrupting the unity and integrity of the state” because of a news story published on Dicle News Agency’s (DIHA) website titled “Ranger who quit: they’re sending us to death” charges will resume at İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance.