MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Furkan Karabay – “public insult” and “slander” allegations
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Furkan Karabay
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2023
LAST UPDATED
16/11/2023
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. 125/1

Journalist Furkan Karabay, upon the complaint of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s former lawyer Mustafa Doğan İnal, was charged with “public insult” (TPC 125) and “slander” (TPC 267) for his news article titled “Why did Muhammed Yakut threaten Erdoğan’s lawyer?” published on Gerçek Gündem news website on April 19, 2023. An indictment was issued in the armed attack with FETÖ Exchange allegations”, he is on trial at Istanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance on charges of “public insult” (TCK 125) and “slander” (TCK 267).

At the first hearing of the trial held on November 16, the lawyer of the complainant Mustafa Doğan İnal stated that his complaints continued and requested to participate in the trial. The court accepted the participation request. The next hearing is scheduled for February 29 (November 16).