Journalism and free speech trials: Week of March 11-15

10 March 2019
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This week several journalism and freedom of expression trials will resume at courts. Below is a list of this week’s hearings:

11 March, Monday

  • Sixth hearing of the case where Evrensel daily’s Dersim reporter Kemal Özer stands trial on “making terrorist propaganda” charges will take place at the Tunceli 1st High Criminal Court. Özer was detained in September 2017 and the court decided to release him in the previous hearing which took place on 21 January 2019.

  • Fifth hearing of the case where 21 employees of Gün Publishing House stand trial on “membership in a terrorist organization,” “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization,” and “publishing or circulating publications of a terrorist organization” charges will take place at İstanbul 26th High Criminal Court in Silivri. A verdict is expected from this week’s hearing.

12 March, Tuesday

  • Sixth hearing of the trial where Sözcü newspaper reporter Gökmen Ulu, Sözcü’s website’s former News Editor Mediha Olgun, Chief Financial Officer Yonca Yücekaleli are tried with “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization without being a member” charges and the newspaper’s owner Burak Akbay is tried with “leading an armed terrorist organization” and “making propaganda for an armed terrorist organization” charges will take place at İstanbul 37th High Criminal Court.

14 March Thursday

  • Third hearing of the trial where journalist and former Milliyet columnist Mehmet Gündem is tried whilst in detention with “membership in a terrorist organization charges” will take place at İstanbul 35th High Criminal Court.