MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Cengiz Çandar – trial for “praising crime and criminal”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Cengiz Çandar
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
15/04/2021
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
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 215

Journalist Cengiz Çandar was put on trial at the İstanbul 30th High Criminal Court of First Instance on the grounds that he “praised the crime and criminal” by posting a message about Ayşe Deniz Karacagil, who was known as “the girl with the red scarf” during Gezi resistance of 2013 and killed by ISIS in Rojava, on May 30, 2017.

At the hearing held on January 19, 2021, the court board accepted the request of the prosecutor and ruled that the statement of the journalist should be taken via letters rogatory. A warrant was also issued to take his statement in the event that Çandar comes to Turkey. The next hearing will be held on April 15 (January 19).

At the hearing held on April 15, the court lifted the warrant against Çandar and ruled that the letters rogatory should remain in effect. The next hearing will be held on September 23, 2021 (April 15).