Last week in free speech: Week of Jan 7-11

12 January 2019

Several journalism and free speech trials were held last week. Below is a list of the hearings monitored by Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) last week:

Redhack trial adjourned until April

The trial of six journalists who are accused of terror and propaganda related charges for reporting on the emails of Turkey's former Minister of Energy and President Erdoğan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak, which were leaked by Turkish hacker group RedHack, was adjourned until April.

Journalist Ünker sentenced to 13.5 months in prison for Paradise Papers reporting

Cumhuriyet daily former finance editor and reporter Pelin Ünker, charged with “insulting public officials” for reporting on the Paradise Papers, received a 1-year 1-month and 15-day prison sentence, and an 8 thousand 660 TL fine.

Journalist Meşale Tolu’s trial is adjourned until May

The trial of journalist and translator Meşale Tolu and 26 others who are accused of membership in a terrorist organization and propaganda related charges resumed at İstanbul 29th High Criminal Court on 10 January 2019. The defendants’ request to have their judiciary control measures lifted was not granted and the trial was adjourned until 23 May.