MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Detention of Sezgin Kartal
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Sezgin Kartal
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2023
LAST UPDATED
30/01/2023
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Internet News Portal
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. 220/6

Journalist Sezgin Kartal was detained in a house raid in the morning. Breaking down the door of his house, the police seized the digital equipment of Kartal. The reason for his detention was unknown (January 10).

Following a 3-day detention, Sezgin Kartal was taken to the İstanbul Courthouse in Çağlayan, where he was referred by the prosecutor to the criminal judgeship of peace to be arrested for “membership of an organization”. The judgeship ruled that journalist Sezgin Kartal should be arrested (January 13).

Arrested on January 13, 2023, Karşı Mahalle reporter Sezgin Kartal was indicted. The indictment dated January 24, 2023 and sent to his lawyers from the Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) charged Kartal with “membership of an organization”.

The prosecutor demanded that Kartal be penalized on the offense charged by arguing that “under the guise of his identity as a journalist, he penned articles to portray the armed terrorist organization’s activities and ideologies favorable to the people.”

Accepting the indictment, the İstanbul 22nd High Criminal Court will hold the first hearing on April 4, 2023 at 2 pm (January 30).