MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Beritan Canözer – trial for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Beritan Canözer
CITY
Diyarbakır
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
31/03/2022
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
Criminal Courts
Approval of the indictment and initiating the prosecution
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Anti-Terror Law
Art. 7/2

A lawsuit was filed against JinNews reporter Beritan Canözer on charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”. Arguing that her posts on two social media accounts “legitimized and embraced the acts and activities of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)”, the prosecutor indicted the journalist for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization via the press” and demanded her imprisonment for up to 5 years. Canözer was previously given a decision of non-prosecution on the same charge.

The Diyarbakır 4th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment. The first hearing will be held on March 31 (March 27).

At the hearing held on March 31, 2022, lawyer Temur said that his client Canözer had no longer any assurance in terms of legal predictability and clarity due to the judicial harassment that she was subjected to. The court ruled that the files of the cases previously filed against the journalist should be taken in the case file. The next hearing will be held on June 21 (March 31).