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Evrensel Managing Editor Görkem Kınacı – trial for “inciting the public to hatred and hostility”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Görkem Kınacı
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
22/12/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Print Media
Newspaper
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Chief Editor
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. 216/1

A lawsuit was filed against Evrensel Managing Editor Görkem Kınacı over a news report; he was charged with “inciting the public to hatred and hostility” as per the Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).

The first hearing of the case will be held at the Bakırköy 21st Criminal Court of First Instance on December 22, 2022. 

The lawsuit was filed against Kınacı due to his news report “Racist attack in Sakarya: Father died, son in treatment” that was published on December 23, 2018; he was charged with “inciting the public to hatred and hostility”. Three decisions of non-jurisdiction were previously given in the case; the court authorized to hear the case was determined as the Bakırköy 21st Criminal Court of First Instance (December 15). 

At the first hearing held on December 22, 2022, the court ruled that a writ should be addressed to the Sakarya 1st High Criminal Court, which heard the murder case covered in the related news report, and the file of the case should be requested. The court also ruled that another writ should be written to Evrensel newspaper to find out whether the news report in question had been published in the print newspaper or not. The next hearing will be held on April 4, 2023 (December 22).