The story covering the sound recordings of a meeting, including Bilal Erdogan, as well as some of the bureaucrats of the Ministry of Education and representatives of non-governmental organizations working in the field of education such as TÜRGEV, was published on the website of Cumhuriyet Newspaper on 04.08.2020. The story revealed that the meeting participants were discussing on teaching girls and boys in separate schools and appointment of imam hatip (religious schools) graduates to public schools.
On August 7, Bilal Erdoğan applied to the court for an access ban to the news on the grounds of an attack on his personal rights. In accordance with the demand, the 4th Criminal Judgeship of Peace of Istanbul issued an access ban to the news content in question with its decision dated 11.08.2020. The objection to this decision was rejected by Istanbul 5th Criminal Judgeship of Peace on 02.09.2014 without any justification.
Aykut Küçükkaya, the chief editor of Cumhuriyet Newspaper’s website, made an individual application to the Constitutional Court on 10.10.2014.
TCC decided in its decision dated 9 January 2020 that the right to the freedom of press was violated. The court stated that the discussion on new imam hatip high schools is a subject with high public interest and further, the complainants did not clearly demonstrate that the news constitute an attack on their personal rights. The Court concluded that the decision to ban access was not in accordance with the requirements of the democratic social order. Finally, the court decided 6.000 TL to be paid to Küçükkaya as compensation.