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Journalism and free speech trials: Week of September 30

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

October 1, Tuesday

  • First hearing of the trial where Yeni Yaşam newspaper’s Managing Editor Osman Akın faces “publicly denigrating the Turkish state and its military and law enforcement” charges per Turkish Penal Code’s notorious Article 301 for a news report that was published in the newspaper on March 1st, 2019 titled “Prisoners from Afrin face torture” will be held at İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance.
  • The trial where since shut down Taraf newspaper’s former Managing Editor Bülent Onur Şahin is sued for not publishing a refutation letter in the newspaper will resume at Anadolu 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance.
  • The trial where film director Kazım Öz faces “membership in an armed terrorist organization” charges will begin at Tunceli 2nd High Criminal Court this week. Attending Peace and Democracy Party’s (BDP) Politics Academy, attending the Gezi protests and some tape recordings of his phone conversations are presented as evidence against Öz, whose films include Bahoz and Zer. Prosecutor demands up to 15 years in prison for Öz.

October 2, Wednesday

  • Fifth hearing of the trial where seven journalists from since-shuttered DİHA and Özgür Gündem (Ömer Çelik, A. Vahap Taş, Çağdaş Kaplan, Selman Çiçek, Hamza Gündüz, İnan Kızılkaya and Kemal Sancılı) face “identifying those who participated in anti-terror operations as a target” for sharing a news report about a gendarmerie general overseeing the Sur district of Diyarbakır province between 2015 – 2016 on their social media accounts will resume at Diyarbakır 9th High Criminal Court.