MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Investigation against journalist Rabia Çetin
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Rabia Çetin
CITY
İzmir
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
30/05/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Social Media Account
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
Public Prosecution Offices
Opening a criminal investigation
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Anti-Terror Law
Art. 6/1

The İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against journalist Rabia Çetin on charge of “marking counter-terrorism officials as a target” as per the Article 6/1 of the Anti-Terror Law (TMK). 

Going to Çetin’s house in İstanbul in the morning hours on May 30, 2022, police officers summoned Çetin to give her statement. Giving her statement at the Kağıthane District Security Directorate, Çetin was interrogated about her social media posts under investigation. Announcing the investigation against herself on her Twitter account, Çetin wrote, “[Justice Minister] Bekir Bozdağ said, ‘There is no one facing an investigation for tweeting.’ ‘He is apparently right.’ For having retweeted a message about the lawsuit filed against Deniz Poyraz’s father, an investigation has been launched [against me] for ‘marking the prosecutor fighting terrorism as a target’. Not for tweeting, but retweeting!” (May 30).