Journalist Defense

MLSA Co-Director Veysel Ok to receive Thomas Dehler Medal for work on media freedom

20 March 2019
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Lawyer Veysel Ok, who has defended dozens of journalists in Turkey who were prosecuted for their work, is going to receive Thomas Dehler Medal 2019, given in the honor of the first Minister fo Justice of the Federal Republic of Germany. Ok is awarded this prestigious medal for his work in advocating for freedom of speech and the rule of law in Turkey.

The medal will be presented in a ceremony that will be held in Munich on April 5. Lawyer Ok will receive his medal from Germany’s former Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.

Journalist Salih Turan's lawyers apply to the Constitutional Court

1 March 2019
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An individual application to the Constitutional Court was filed on journalist Salih Turan’s behalf, who was arrested on “making propaganda for an armed terrorist organization” charges on 12 February.

The application was filed by the Head of Media and Law Studies Association’s Legal Unit Veysel Ok, Zelal Pelin Doğan, and Nevroz Akalan and demands Turan’s release with an interim measure and his case to be examined with priority.

Lawyers of Dutch journalist demand stay of execution on deportation order

1 February 2019
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Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA), which represents Dutch journalist Ans Boersma, petitions Turkish court asking for a stay of execution on deportation order

The Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) applied to an İstanbul Court on behalf of Dutch journalist Johanna (Ans) Cornelia Boersma, who was unlawfully deported from Turkey on 17 January, requesting a stay of execution of the deportation order.

MLSA's Justice Monitoring Report: Detention procedures of Turkish courts violate fair trial rights

22 January 2019
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Comprehensive justice monitoring study by MLSA suggests that Turkish courts rely on detention measures excessively in freedom of speech trials; detainees are often not brought to court, or they are handcuffed unnecessarily

Turkish courts detain suspects when the only evidence against them is their written or spoken words, a justice monitoring study conducted by the Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) and the International Press Institute (IPI) in the second half of 2018 has found.