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FIGHTING IMPUNITY
Journalists, who exercise one of their fundamental rights in terms of informing the public, seek their rights before the law against all kinds of obstacles, attacks, and unlawful interventions that may hinder their duties. The success or failure of the authorities to punish those who target a reporter shows not only the extent to which journalists' "crimes" are prosecuted but also the value that the country places on the right to inform the public. Unfortunately, Turkey gives the appearance of a country where impunity is rooted, especially in the murders of journalists and in violence against a reporter.
Emrullah Özbey
Muş - 2021
Only a deferred fine for threat against Emrullah Özbey
On the grounds that he threatened and insulted Haber 49 newspaper’s owner Emrullah Özbey over his article titled “Not Favoritism, But Muş Should Win” (Adamcılık Değil, Muş Kazanmalı), the Muş…
Yavuz Selim Demirağ
Ankara - 2021
Lawsuit into attack on Yavuz Selim Demirağ two years later
On May 11, 2019, Yeniçağ newspaper columnist Yavuz Selim Demirağ was attacked in front of his house in Ankara; a lawsuit has been filed into this attack two years later.…
Levent Gültekin
İstanbul - 2021
Release for the assaulters of Levent Gültekin
In the trial over the attack on journalist Levent Gültekin by a group of people in front of the Halk TV studio in İstanbul’s Bakırköy district in the evening of…
Uğur Mumcu
Ankara - 1993
Uğur Mumcu murder case
In the trial held at the Ankara 5th High Criminal Court in the absence of Oğuz Demir, the defendant indicated to be the person who caused the death of journalist…
Can Dündar
İstanbul - 2021
Impunity for the attack on Can Dündar
The court of appeals overturned the ruling in the trial over the attempted armed attack on former Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dündar on May 6, 2016. Assaulter Murat Şahin was previously…
Ahmet Takan
Ankara - 2021
Sentence at the lowest limit for the attack on Ahmet Takan
In the trial over the attack on Korkusuz columnist Ahmet Takan in front of his house in Ankara in November 2019, defendant Emre Aydemir, who battered the journalist with a…
Murat Güreş
Gaziantep - 2021
Dismissal of Murat Güreş’s claim for damages
Arrested for 14 days in 2017 for “violating the confidentiality of the investigation” because he “published the statement of a Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) suspect”, journalist Murat Güreş applied to…
Barış Pehlivan
İstanbul - 2021
“Warning” for violence against Barış Pehlivan
Despite the Justice Ministry inspectors’ recommendation that a reprimand should be given to prison official Muhammed B. for battering Odatv news website’s editor-in-chief Barış Pehlivan while he was entering the…
Cüneyt Akman
Yalova - 2021
Appeal against non-prosecution for targeting remarks about journalists – Cüneyt Akman
The Anadolu Public Prosecutor’s Office concluded that there was no ground for filing a court case against Yalova University Islamic Sciences Faculty member Ebubekir Sifil, who had targeted Sözcü newspaper…
Yılmaz Özdil
Yalova - 2021
Appeal against non-prosecution for targeting remarks about journalists – Yılmaz Özdil
The Anadolu Public Prosecutor’s Office concluded that there was no ground for filing a court case against Yalova University Islamic Sciences Faculty member Ebubekir Sifil, who had targeted Sözcü newspaper…
Journalists' Union of Turkey
Ankara - 2021
Criminal complaint about police violence by Journalists’ Union of Turkey
The Ankara Branch of the Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) applied to the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and filed a criminal complaint about “the increasing police intervention against journalists” during…
Emrullah Özbey
Muş - 2021
Trial over the threat against journalist Emrullah Özbey
Erkan Asya, a relative of the Mayor put on trial for allegedly insulting and threatening Emrullah Özbey, the owner of the Muş Haber 49 newspaper, due to his news report…
Levent Gültekin
İstanbul - 2021
Impunity for attack on Levent Gültekin
Only two of the three detained suspects were arrested in the investigation into the attack on journalist Levent Gültekin by a group of people in Bakırköy Cevizlik Neighborhood, where he…
Halla Barakat
İstanbul - 2018
Life sentence for murder of Barakats – Halla Barakat
In the trial held by the İstanbul Anadolu 5th High Criminal Court over the killing of Syrian activist Orouba Barakat and her daughter journalist Halla Barakat, defendant Ahmet Bereket was…
Orouba Barakat
İstanbul - 2018
Life sentence for murder of Barakats – Orouba Barakat
In the trial held by the İstanbul Anadolu 5th High Criminal Court over the killing of Syrian activist Orouba Barakat and her daughter journalist Halla Barakat, defendant Ahmet Bereket was…
Doğan Group
İstanbul - 2018
Life sentence for the raid on Doğan Group
Aggravated life imprisonment for the raid on Doğan Media Group: The İstanbul 17th High Criminal Court ruled that arrested former captains Erdal Şeker, Süleyman Ahmet Kaya and Mehmet Akif Aslan…
Seray Şahiner
Bursa - 2018
Impunity for criminal complaint of Seray Şahiner
Taken into custody with her hotel room raided by three male police officers in Bursa, writer Seray Şahiner’s criminal complaint did not end in a lawsuit one the grounds that…
Can Dündar
İstanbul - 2018
“Light” sentence for attack on Can Dündar
In the trial heard by the İstanbul 28th Criminal Court of First Instance, Murat Şahin, who carried out an armed attack on former Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar in front of…
Metin Bekiroğlu
Diyarbakır - 2019
Metin Bekiroğlu – Lawsuit into unfair trial and arrest
Put on trial at the Diyarbakır 9th High Criminal Court on the grounds that he had allegedly “propagandized for a terrorist organization” on social media with a number indicated to…
Fatih Altaylı
İstanbul - 2019
Acquittal for Sedat Peker’s death threat – Fatih Altaylı
Acquittal for Sedat Peker’s death threat: Standing trial at the İstanbul 7th Criminal Court of First Instance for threatening Habertürk newspaper columnist Fatih Altaylı on social media, Sedat Peker, who…
Mahmut Bozarslan
2021
Three-year impunity for violence against 10 journalists – Mahmut Bozarslan
There has been impunity for at least 3 years for the security forces’ and a group’s attack on over 10 journalists, including Mahmut Bozarslan, while they were trying to cover…
Yavuz Selim Demirağ
Ankara - 2019
Impunity for the attack on Yavuz Selim Demirağ
The Ankara Criminal Judgeship of Peace released six defendants who appeared before the judge on the grounds that they had attacked Yeni Çağ columnist Yavuz Selim Demirağ. The Judgeship released…
Ahmet Hakan
İstanbul - 2021
“Light” sentence for attack on Ahmet Hakan
Defendants penalized for attacking Ahmet Hakan: The İstanbul 39th Criminal Court of First Instance sentenced five defendants  (Yahya Kemal Gezen, Uğur Adıyaman, Kamuran Ergin, Fuat Elmas, Ahmet Şengüler) to 2…
TRT
Ankara - 2019
Aggravated life sentence for the raid on TRT
In the trial of 224 defendants as part of the General Staff Roof Case into the attempted coup of July 15, 2016, the Ankara 17th High Criminal Court sentenced Presidency’s…
Cumhuriyet Newspaper
İstanbul - 2021
Life sentence for bombing Cumhuriyet Newspaper
In the trial over the “Council of State” attack and the hand grenade attack on the central office of Cumhuriyet Newspaper in İstanbul, the İstanbul 4th High Criminal Court sentenced…
Speak Up Platform
İstanbul - 2021
Rejection of Speak Up Platform’s objection to censorship
The İstanbul 12th Criminal Judgeship of Peace rejected the appeal against the İstanbul 11th Criminal Judgeship of Peace’s access block to 168 links of news regarding the access block imposed…
Deniz Yücel
İstanbul - 2021
Deniz Yücel’s claim for damages dismissed
The İstanbul 17th High Criminal Court dismissed the lawsuit for damages filed by journalist Deniz Yücel, who was detained and arrested while he was working as the İstanbul correspondent of…
Hakan Denizli
Adana - 2021
Release of the ones who attacked Hakan Denizli
In the trial of seven people, four arrested, over the armed attack on journalist Hakan Denizli while he was about to get in his car with his daughter and grandchild…
Haydar Meriç
Düzce - 2021
Release for “illegal eavesdropping” – Haydar Meriç
The Kırklareli 2nd High Criminal Court ruled for the release of police officer Abdül Köksal, who was expelled from profession and was put on trial for illegal eavesdropping of 70…
Çetin Emeç
İstanbul - 2021
Murder of Çetin Emeç
Having lost his life in an armed attack in front of his house in Suadiye, İstanbul on March 7, 1990, journalist Çetin Emeç was commemorated at his grave in Zincirlikuyu…
Yavuz Selim Demirağ
İstanbul - 2021
Attack on Yavuz Selim Demirağ not turning into a court case
Impunity for attacks on journalists: In May 2019, when the effects of the March 31 local elections were still ongoing, the perpetrators of the attacks on Yeniçağ newspaper columnist Yavuz…
Barış Pehlivan
İstanbul - 2021
Impunity for violence against Barış Pehlivan
The camera footage regarding the intervention of an official against journalist Barış Pehlivan, who was sent to Silivri Prison in early March, showed the violence he had been subjected to.…
Nevşin Mengü
İstanbul - 2021
Nevşin Mengü’s criminal complaint about ‘lynch’
Journalist Nevşin Mengü applied to the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and filed a criminal complaint on the grounds that she was subjected to two social media accounts’ aggressive and…
Uğur Mumcu
Ankara - 2021
Justice not served in Umut Case – Uğur Mumcu
In the Umut (Hope) Case, which also covers the killing of journalists Uğur Mumcu and Ahmet Taner Kışlalı in the 90s, the Ankara 11th High Criminal Court is still trying…
Ahmet Taner Kışlalı
Ankara - 2021
Justice not served in Umut Case – Ahmet Taner Kışlalı
In the Umut (Hope) Case, which also covers the killing of journalists Uğur Mumcu and Ahmet Taner Kışlalı in the 90s, the Ankara 11th High Criminal Court is still trying…
Tele 1
İstanbul - 2021
Legal action against RTÜK’s blackout of Halk TV and Tele 1
İlhan Taşçı and Okan Konuralp, the members of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), appealed to the Administrative Court against the RTÜK’s five-day…
Halk TV
İstanbul - 2021
Legal action against RTÜK’s blackout of Halk TV and Tele 1
İlhan Taşçı and Okan Konuralp, the members of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), appealed to the Administrative Court against the RTÜK’s five-day…
Rawin Sterk
2021
Appeal against Rawin Sterk’s arrest
Taken into custody for allegedly “violating the military zone” while covering the situation of refugees at the border and arrested in early May on charges of “being a member of…
Murat Güreş
Gaziantep - 2021
Murat Güreş’s appeal against “access block”
Journalist Murat Güreş, the owner of the Gaziantep-based yurthaberleri.net news website, took legal action against the access block imposed by the Criminal Judgeship of Peace on the news regarding the…
Mehmet Altan
İstanbul - 2021
“Unfair arrest” lawsuit by Mehmet Altan
Arrested shortly after the coup attempt on June 15, 2016 and imprisoned for 656 days until June 2018 despite the ruling of right violation given by the Constitutional Court, journalist…
Hrant Dink Foundation
İstanbul - 2021
Release of defendants in the trial over threats against Hrant Dink Foundation
Put on trial at the İstanbul 56th Criminal Court of First Instance, Hüseyin Ateş and Ersin Başkan, who threatened the Hrant Dink Foundation with the emails that they sent in…
Fırat Topal
Diyarbakır - 2021
Legal action about online threat against Fırat Topal
A legal action has been taken about the threat against Fırat Topal, the Diyarbakır reporter of daily Evrensel, who received a message of “Şewbaş hewal death will find you Jitem”…
Özgür Ülke
2021
Impunity for the attack on Özgür Ülke
Impunity for the attack on Özgür Ülke newspaper for 26 years: Having lost his life in the bombing of Özgür Ülke newspaper on December 3, 1995, transportation worker Ersin Yıldız…
İdris Yılmaz
Van - 2021
Decision of non-prosecution for the attack on İdris Yılmaz
Non-prosecution for the investigation launched by Yılmaz and Akbaş: Journalists İdris Yılmaz and Erhan Akbaş filed a criminal complaint at the Erciş Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office over the incident where…
Erhan Akbaş
Van - 2021
Decision of non-prosecution for the attack on Erhan Akbaş
Non-prosecution for the investigation launched by Yılmaz and Akbaş: Journalists İdris Yılmaz and Erhan Akbaş filed a criminal complaint at the Erciş Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office over the incident where…
Ahmet Şık
İstanbul - 2021
Case of “conspiracy” against Ahmet Şık
The trial over “conspiracy against Şık” has begun: On the grounds that they arrested investigative journalist Ahmet Şık over his draft book “İmamın Ordusu” (Imam’s Army) with a conspiracy in…
Fatin Dağıstanlı
İstanbul - 2021
“Provocation” case against Fatin Dağıstanlı
“Provocation” case against Dağıstanlı from Akit: During the “Manşetlerin Dili” (The Language of Headlines) program on Akit TV, presenter Fatin Dağıstanlı targeted Cumhuriyet newspaper columnist Işık Kansu and Cumhuriyet over…
Özgür Gündem
İstanbul - 2016
Raid on Özgür Gündem
A decision of non-prosecution has been given for the criminal complaint regarding the detention and battery of the workers of Özgür Gündem newspaper, İMC TV and Dicle News Agency (DİHA),…
Naji al Jerf
Gaziantep - 2015
Life sentence in the Naji al Jerf murder case
The Gaziantep High Criminal Court has given two life sentences to Yusuf Hamed Chefreihi due to a number of acts, including the killing of Hentah newspaper’s managing director Naji al…
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