Journalism and free speech trials: Week of April 29 - May 3

28 April 2019
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This week several journalism and freedom of expression trials will resume at courts in Turkey.  Below is a list of this week’s hearings.

30 April Tuesday

  • Third hearing of the trial where 22 defendants, including German-Turkish dual citizen Etkin News Agency (ETHA) reporter and social worker Adil Demirci, are tried on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization” and “making propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization” will be held at Istanbul 25th High Criminal Court. Adil Demirci was released during the previous hearing after a 10-month detainment.

  • Second hearing of the trial where Cumhuriyet reporter Alican Uludağ is sued for 250.000 Turkish Liras in reparations by BİM Inc. will be held at Istanbul Anatolian 9th Civil Court of First Instance. Uludağ has reported on Apple’s cease and desist letter addressed to BİM about them selling counterfeit products. BİM claims that this news story has injured their commercial reputation.

2 May Thursday

  • Fifth hearing of the trial where filmmakers Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu face “making terrorist propaganda” charges will be held at Batman 2nd High Criminal Court. Demir and Mavioğlu face these charges for their documentary film titled Bakur (The North), which is about the  lives of Kurdish guerilla members.

  • Second 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.