MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Alican Uludağ – trial for “turning a counterterrorism official into a target”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Alican Uludağ
CITY
Ankara
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2020
LAST UPDATED
03/02/2021
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Social Media Account
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Journalist
RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Right to Impart Information and Ideas
TYPE OF INTERFERENCE
Judicial Interference
Criminal Courts
Sentence to imprisonment
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Anti-Terror Law
Art. 6/1

An investigation was launched against journalist Alican Uludağ over a social media post where he criticized the former Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor who was appointed as a member to the Court of Cassation. The journalist was charged with “turning a counterterrorism official into a target” as per the Article 6/1 of the Anti-Terror Law (TMK). The indictment lodged against Uludağ was completed on September 30. 

The indictment has been accepted by the Ankara 18th High Criminal Court. Uludağ will have his first hearing on December 2, 2020 (October 1).

At the hearing held on December 2, the prosecutor presented the opinion as to the accusations and demanded that Uludağ be penalized on charge of “turning a counterterrorism official into a target.” Uludağ and his attorney requested additional time to make defense as to the accusations. The court has ruled that the international travel ban on Uludağ shall remain in effect. The next hearing will be held on February 3, 2021 (December 2).

At the hearing held on February 3, the court board sentenced Alican Uludağ to 10 months in prison. The prison sentence of the journalist has been deferred. The international travel ban on Uludağ has been lifted (February 3).