MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Barış Pehlivan – “insulting the President” and “insulting a public official”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Barış Pehlivan
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2023
LAST UPDATED
16/11/2023
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Print Media
Newspaper
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
Approval of the indictment and initiating the prosecution
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 299

Cumhuriyet newspaper columnist Barış Pehlivan and Managing Editor Ozan Alper Yurtoğlu are on trial at Istanbul 15th Criminal Court of First Instance on charges of “insulting the President” (TCK 299) and “insulting the public official” (TCK 125/3), based on Pehlivan’s article titled “Sabıka Holding” published in Cumhuriyet on October 13, 2021.

At the fourth hearing held on November 16, journalists’ lawyer Enes Hikmet Ermaner requested that notifications be sent to all victims in the case. The court also decided to send notices to the other victims in the case. The next hearing is scheduled for February 27 (November 16).