MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Hasan Başak – trial for “insulting the President of the Republic”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Hasan Başak
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
24/02/2021
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Print Media
Newspaper
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Journalist
RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Right to Information Act
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

Over a news report titled “The Palace has gone crazy” (Saray çıldırdı) published in Özgür Gündem on September 8, 2015, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper Hüseyin Aykol, Managing Editor Reyhan Çapan, columnist Hasan Başak and Kemal Aykut were put on trial by the İstanbul 14th High Criminal Court on charge of “insulting the President of the Republic.”

At the hearing held on February 24, 2021, the court ruled that the execution of the warrant issued against Başak and Aykut should be awaited. The next hearing will be held on June 22 (February 24).