Journalism and free speech trials: Week of September 10-14

9 September 2018
-

This week, several journalists and media workers will appear before judges. Here is a list of this week’s case hearings:

September 10, Monday

  • Case hearing of Etkin News Agency (ETHA) editor Semiha Şahin and ETHA reporter Pınar Gayip will be held at İstanbul 13. High Criminal Court. Şahin and Gayip who have been imprisoned since April, are being accused of making terrorist propaganda and membership in a terrorist organisation.

  • Case hearing of Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) members will be held at Bakırköy Courthouse at 10:00 AM. 17 lawyers who are jailed pending trial, are accused of membership of a terrorist organisation and terrorist propaganda.

September 11, Tuesday

  • Case hearing of Leyla Yıldız, a distributor for the pro-Kurdish Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper, will be held at Mersin 2. High Criminal Court. Yıldız is accused of terrorist propaganda and aiding a terrorist organisation.

September 12, Wednesday

  • Third case hearing of Mesopotamia News Agency (MA) reporter Seda Taşkın will be held at Muş 2. High Criminal Court. Taşkın is being accused of membership in a terrorist organisation.

  • Case hearing of Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper executives, reporters and editors will be held at 10:00 AM at İstanbul 23. High Criminal Court. Defendants are facing membership in a terrorist organisation and terrorist propaganda charges.

September 13, Thursday

  • Case hearing of journalists Tunca Öğreten, Mahir Kanaat, Derya Okatan, Ömer Çelik, Eray Sargın and Metin Yoksu will be held at İstanbul 29. High Criminal Court. This case is also known as the RedHack case, in which journalists are being accused of membership in a terrorist organisation and terrorist propaganda, based on their reporting of the leaked emails of Erdogan’s son-in-law and Turkey’s Energy Minister Berat Albayrak.