Journalism and free speech trials: Week of 8-12 October

7 October 2018
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This week several academics and journalists will appear before judges. Below is a list of this week’s journalism and free speech trials:

October 8, Monday

  • Hearing of ‘peace academics’ Seval Gülen, Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu, Oya Köymen, and Meltem Toksöz will be held at İstanbul 23. High Criminal Court. Academics are accused of ‘terrorist propaganda’ due to their participation in the petition titled ‘We will not be a party to this crime’ launched by the Academics for Peace Initiative. Hearings will start at 9:30 AM, with 15 minutes apart.

October 9, Tuesday

  • Hearing of executives and editors of the now-shuttered Özgür Gündem newspaper Eren Keskin, Reyhan Çapan, Filiz Koçali, Ayşe Berktay, Nuray Özdoğan, Celalettin Can, Ayşe Batumlu and Reyhan Hacıoğlu will start at 9:30 AM at İstanbul 14. High Criminal Court. Journalists are accused of ‘inciting crime’, ‘praising crime and criminals’ and ‘terrorist propaganda’.

  • Hearing of ‘peace academics’ Esra Mungan, Meral Camcı, Muzaffer Kaya and Kıvanç Ersoy will be held at 10:00 AM at İstanbul 13. High Criminal Court.

  • Final hearing of journalist Nazlı Ilıcak’s ‘espionage’ case will be held at 10:30 AM at İstanbul 26. High Criminal Court. Ilıcak is accused of ‘espionage through revealing secret documents of the state’.

  • Hearing of Erol Önderoğlu, Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Ahmet Nesin who had participated in the ‘Editor-in-chief on Watch’ solidarity campaign launched by the now-shuttered Özgür Gündem newspaper, will be held at 11:00 AM at İstanbul 13. High Criminal Court.

  • Hearing of former Zaman newspaper Konya correspondent Şirin Kabakçı will be held at 11:30 AM at İstanbul 35. High Criminal Court. Kabakçı is accused of ‘membership in a terrorist organization’.

October 10, Wednesday

  • Hearing of Filiz Koçali, Aslı Erdoğan, Necmiye Alpay, Ragıp Zarakolu, Zana Bilir Kaya, İnan Kızılkaya, Eren Keskin, Kemal Sancılı and Bilge Aykut, known as the Özgür Gündem Main Trial will be held at 9:45 AM at İstanbul 23. High Criminal Court.

  • Hearing of the now-shuttered Özgür Gündem newspaper editors and writers Faruk Eren, Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, İhsan Çaralan, Fehim Işık, Öncü Akgül, Celalettin Can, Hüseyin Akyol, Ömer Ağın, Veysel Kemer, Dilşah Karakaya and Yüksel Oğuz will be held at 11:10 AM at İstanbul 14. High Criminal Court. Defendants are accused of ‘terrorist propaganda’.

  • Hearing of Mesopotamia News Agency (MA) reporter Seda Taşkın in which she is accused of ‘membership in a terrorist organization’ and ‘terrorist propaganda’ will be held at Muş 2. High Criminal Court.

  • Hearing of journalists Can Dündar, Erdem Gül and Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Enis Berberoğlu will be held at İstanbul 14. High Criminal Court. Defendants are accused of ‘aiding and abetting a terrorist organization without being a member’.

October 12, Friday

  • Hearing of Özgür Toplum magazine distributor Mevlüt Gür in which he is accused of ‘membership in a terrorist organization’ will be held at Adana 12. High Criminal Court.