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Journalism and free speech trials: Week of September 28

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

28 September Monday

  • Trial where journalist Durket Süren faces “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization” and “terrorist propaganda” charges will resume at Diyarbakır 4th High Criminal Court this week. Journalist Süren was taken in police custody on March 1, 2019 in Diyarbakır’s Lice district while she was reporting. The indictment against Süren presents her twitter posts, phone recordings, her selling copies of Azadiya Welat and Özgür Gündem newspapers and her TV program titled “Women’s Perspective” from April 11, 2017 as evidence for “terrorist propaganda.” 

29 September Tuesday

  • Trial where exiled journalist Hayko Bağdat faces “insulting the President” charges for statements he made during a Bugün TV broadcast in September 2015 resumes at İstanbul 51st Criminal Court of First Instance this week. 

30 September Wednesday

  • Trial where HDP Diyarbakır Branch’s Press Consultant Vedat Dağ faces “membership in a terrorist organization” and “terror propaganda” charges resumes at Diyarbakır 11th High Criminal Court this week. Vedat Dağ faces this charge for attending HDP events as a press member and sharing about these events on his social media. Dağ is also indicted based on secret witness testimonies alleging that he is part of KCK Press Committee operations.

1 October Thursday

  • Seventeenth hearing of the trial where since shut Özgür Gündem daily’s former Co-Editors-in-Chief Eren Keskin, Hüseyin Aykol, former Managing Editor Reyhan Çapan and reporters İslam Tüner, Lütfi Yavuzaslan, Methi Kaya, Hasan Başak and Kemal Yakut face “terrorist propaganda,” “provoking to commit a crime” and “praising an offense or an offender” charges because of Özgür Gündem’s reporting on “self-governance” in Kurdish provinces in March 2016 will resume at İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court.
  • Trial where Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) president and professor of forensic medicine Şebnem Korur Fincancı is accused of insulting Erdoğan based on a tweet she had posted during Gezi Protests in 2013 while he was the PM will resume at Anadolu 42nd Criminal Court of First Instance this week.

2 October Friday

  • Trial where 8 people including journalist  Kenan Kırkaya faces “membership in a terrorist organization” charges will resume at Ankara 32nd High Criminal Court this week.  The indictment lists secret witness testimonies, working for since shuttered Dicle News Agency (DİHA), and Kırkaya’s news show titled “Looking at Ankara” for Nûçe TV as evidence for membership in a terrorist organization.