Upcoming Trials

Journalism and free speech trials: Week of September 9 – 13

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

September 10, Tuesday
  • Third hearing of the trial where since shuttered TV10’s former cameraman Kemal Demir faces “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization without being a member” charges will be held at Istanbul 28th High Criminal Court. Demir was released from prison in the previous hearing after a detention period of over a year.
  • Second hearing of the trial where writer Fikret Başkaya is charged with terrorist propaganda will be held at Ankara 21st High Criminal Court. Başkaya is charged because of an article titled “The Real Terror is State Terror,” published on the Free University’s website (http://ozguruniversite.org), which is affiliated with the Forum for Turkey and the Middle East, founded and headed by him.
September 11, Wednesday
  • Third hearing of the trial where since shut-down İMC TV’s Program Coordinator Ayşegül Doğan faces “founding and managing an armed organization” charges for her journalistic activities including meetings and interviews with Democratic Society Congress (DTK) executives and events that she attended as a journalist will take place at Diyarbakır 9th High Criminal Court. The prosecutor demands up to 22.5 years in prison for Doğan. 
  • Sixth hearing of the trial where Evrensel daily writer Yusuf Karataş faces “founding and managing an armed organization” charges for panels and workshops that he had attended will be held at Diyarbakır 9th High Criminal Court. The prosecutor demands up to 22.5 years in prison for Karataş. 
  • Second hearing of the trial where Austrian journalist and researcher Max Zirngast faces “membership in a terrorist organization” charges will be held at Ankara 26th High Criminal Court. Zirngast is a political science student at the Middle East Technical University. 
  • The trial where former Zaman daily columnist Mümtazer Türköne faces “insulting the president” charges for a column he wrote will resume at Bakırköy 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance
September 12, Thursday
  • Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) Co-Director lawyer Veysel Ok will appear before the İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court for the First Instance for the trial where he is charged with denigrating the Turkish judicial system per Turkish Criminal Code’s notorious Article 301 because of an interview he gave in 2015. The trial, which has been dragging for almost two years, resumed after being allocated from another court due to a decision of non-jurisdiction.
  • İstanbul 17th High Criminal Court had rejected Die Welt journalist Deniz Yücel’s request of 2,980,000 Turkish lira in damages for “his unjust and unlawful detention” in September 2018. After a Turkish Appellate court has overturned the lower court decision that rejected the journalist’s compensation claim, the case has been reopened. First hearing of the reopened trial where Yücel sues the Turkish government for his unjust detention will be held at İstanbul 17th High Criminal Court.
  • The trial where Evrensel daily’s Managing Editor Cem Şimşek faces “insult” and “libel” charges will resume at Bakırköy 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance. Şimşek is accused of insulting Minister of Treasury Berat Albayrak because of a news story titled “Albayrak signaled the program of attacking workers” published in Evrensel on 13 July 2018.
  • The trial where Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) staff faces Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) charges will resume at Ankara 15th High Criminal Court.