MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Deniz Yücel – trial for “insulting the President of the Republic” and “degrading the State of the Republic of Turkey, its government, judicial bodies and the security organization of the state”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Deniz Yücel
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
12/04/2022
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

The Press Bureau of the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued a new indictment against Deniz Yücel, the former Turkey correspondent of the Germany-based Die Welt newspaper. Deniz Yücel faces charges for writing about President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with the headline “Der Putschist” (The Putschist) in Welt am Sonntag, the Sunday supplement of the newspaper, on November 6, 2016.

The court case filed against Die Welt reporter Deniz Yücel for “insulting the President” has been merged with the file of the case where he is standing trial on charge of “publicly degrading the state.”

Charged with “insulting the President of the Republic” and standing trial as per the Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), Deniz Yücel’s first hearing expected to be held at the İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance on July 1 could not be held as the judge was on leave. The date of the next hearing will be set at a later date (July 1).

Deniz Yücel, who lives in Germany, did not attend the hearing on November 25, 2021. Lawyer Veysel Ok requested that the court issue a request for letters rogatory so that Yücel’s defense could be taken abroad. Following the prosecutor’s opinion, the court ruled that a request for letters rogatory should be issued. The next hearing will be held on April 12, 2022 (November 25). 

At the hearing held on April 12, 2022, it was ruled that the response to the letters rogatory sent to Germany to take the defense of Yücel should be awaited. The next hearing will be held on September 29 (April 12).