MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Hakkı Boltan – trial for “insulting the President of the Republic”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Hakkı Boltan
CITY
Diyarbakır
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2019
LAST UPDATED
24/12/2020
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Other
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

Journalist Hakkı Boltan has been put on trial at the Diyarbakır 12th Criminal Court of First Instance on charges of “insulting the President of the Republic” and “insulting a public official due to his or her duty” over his press statement in Kurdish regarding the killing of Azadiya Welat newspaper’s former Chief Editor Rohat Aktaş in the basement of a building where he took refuge after being wounded while covering news in Cizre, Şırnak in the period of curfews in 2016.

At the fourth hearing of the case held on October 6, 2020, the expert report on the Turkish translation of the Kurdish press statement which allegedly constituted a crime was read out and added to the case file.

The prosecutor, attending the hearing for the first time after being assigned to the Criminal Court of First Instance as per a legal amendment, announced the opinion as to the accusations and demanded that the deficiencies in the case file be rectified. The judge has accepted the attorney Temur’s request for additional time. The next hearing will be held on December 24 (October 6).

Boltan did not attend the hearing on December 24, 2020 on the grounds that he had been exempted from attendance. The court has ruled that the case file shall be sent to the prosecutor’s office for the preparation of the opinion as to the accusations. The next hearing will be held on March 11, 2021 (December 24).