MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Baransel Ağca – allegation of “publicly degrading the religious values of a section of the public”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Baransel Ağca
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
21/09/2022
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
Public Prosecution Offices
Opening a criminal investigation
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 216/3

Journalist Baransel Ağca was indicted by the Press Crimes Investigation Bureau of the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on September 16, 2021. The indictment charged Ağca with “publicly degrading the religious values of a section of the public” as per the Article 216/3 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) on the grounds of a non-news social media message that he posted on his Twitter account on December 25, 2020 (September 16). 

With the indictment accepted by the court, the trial began. At the hearing held on September 21, 2022, the prosecutor requested that the deficiencies in the file be rectified. Giving time to journalist Baransel Ağca’s lawyer to notify the court of his full address, the court ruled that an international writ should be written to take Ağca’s defense. The court also ruled that the request for a criminal complaint against the law enforcement officer who was cited in the inquiry report of the security directorate and took action to obtain the passwords of Ağca’s social media accounts should be discussed alongside the ruling. The next hearing will be held on January 17 (September 21).