In 2017, a lawsuit was filed against Cumhuriyet newspaper reporter Canan Coşkun at Istanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance in accordance with Article 6/1 of the Anti-Terror Law (TMK) on the grounds that she “marking a counterterrorism official as a target” with her news article titled “They sang Turkish, they were arrested” published in August 2016.
As a result of the trial, the court sentenced Coşkun to 10 months in prison on May 2, 2017, for “marking a counterterrorism official as a target” and deferred the announcement of the verdict. Coşkun’s lawyer appealed the HAGB decision to the Constitutional Court (AYM).
With the Constitutional Court’s decision dated March 29, 2023, the LAGB decision against Coşkun was sent to the court of first instance for a retrial to eliminate the consequences of the violation, stating that there was a violation of rights within the scope of freedom of expression.
Coşkun was retried on charges of “targeting people who took part in the fight against terrorism” (TMK 6/1). At the hearing of the retrial held on November 23, the prosecutor requested the file to be sent to the prosecutor’s office to prepare his final opinion. The court sent the file to the prosecutor’s office to prepare its final opinion. The next hearing is scheduled for February 22 (November 23).