MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Derya Okatan – trial for “successively propagandizing for a terrorist organization”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Derya Okatan
CITY
Ankara
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
27/08/2021
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
News Agency
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

Upon a tip-off to the Ankara Provincial Security Directorate, journalist Derya Okatan faced an investigation over the news posted on the Twitter and Facebook accounts of the Etkin News Agency (ETHA) in 2018, when she was the Managing Editor of ETHA. 

The investigation conducted by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office since 2019 has been finalized. The indictment charging the journalist with “successively propagandizing for a terrorist organization” has been accepted by the Ankara 4th High Criminal Court. The first hearing of the case will be held on October 13, 2021 (August 27).