Last week in free speech

3 November 2018
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İstanbul court ruled to keep journalist Gündem in prison

İstanbul 35. High Criminal Court ruled to keep journalist and writer Mehmet Gündem, who is accused of membership in a terrorist organization, in prison and adjourned his hearing until 8 January 2019.
https://medyavehukuk.org/en/istanbul-court-ruled-keep-journalist-gundem-prison

Court released ETHA reporter Ali Sönmez Kayar from prison

The second hearing of Etkin News Agency (ETHA) reporter Ali Sönmez Kayar and four Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) executives was held at İstanbul 32. High Criminal Court. Court released all defendants and adjourned the hearing until 19 February 2019.
https://medyavehukuk.org/en/court-released-etha-reporter-ali-sonmez-kayar-prison

Court ruled to keep journalist Öztürk in jail

The first hearing of journalist Ece Sevim Öztürk in which she is charged with “willingly abetting a terrorist organization” and “terrorist propaganda” was held at İstanbul 37. High Criminal Court. The court ruled to keep Öztürk in prison and adjourned the hearing until 11 December.
https://medyavehukuk.org/en/court-ruled-keep-journalist-ozturk-jail

Journalist Çağdaş Erdoğan’s hearing was adjourned until March

Third hearing of photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan who is charged with membership in a terrorist organization and terrorist propaganda was held at İstanbul 33. High Criminal Court. Hearing was adjourned until 26 March 2019.
https://medyavehukuk.org/en/journalist-cagdas-erdogans-hearing-was-adjourned-until-march

Democratic Modernity Journal editor Haydar Ergül will remain in detention

Sixth hearing of Democratic Modernity Journal editor Haydar Ergül and 14 People’s Democratic Party (HDP) members in which defendants are accused of ‘membership in a terrorist organization’, was held at İstanbul 22. High Criminal Court. The court ruled to keep all defendants in detention and adjourned the hearing until 18 January 2019.
https://medyavehukuk.org/en/democratic-modernity-journal-editor-haydar-ergul-will-remain-detention

Baransu starts defending himself after two years

Mehmet Baransu who has been imprisoned for three years and eight months due to the news stories about the Balyoz investigation which were published in Taraf newspaper, started submitting his defense for the first time. Court ruled to keep him in detention and adjourned the hearing until 3-4 January 2019.