MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Caner Taşpınar – trial for “insult”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Caner Taşpınar
CITY
İstanbul
LAST UPDATED
09/02/2021
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Other
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. 125/1

A lawsuit was filed against journalist Caner Taşpınar over his book titled “Son-in-law: The Father-in-laws of Gulenists from the AKP” (Damat: Fethullahçıların AKP’li Kayınpederleri). Put on trial for allegedly insulting former Parliamentary Speaker İsmail Kahraman and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ankara MP Ali İhsan Arslan, Caner Taşpınar will have his first hearing at the İstanbul 11th Criminal Court of First Instance on February 9, 2021.

At the first hearing held on February 9, the court board accepted the complainants’ request for participation in the proceedings due to the possibility that they had been affected by the crime. The board also ruled that the case file should be sent to the prosecutor’s office for the preparation of the opinion as to the accusations. The next hearing will be held on July 1 (February 9).