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Trial over bianet report about ‘lawsuit against journalists’
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
bianet
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
10/08/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Internet News Portal
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Media Outlet
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

An investigation has been launched into bianet’s article titled “Lawsuit against journalists covering allegations of bribery about Erdoğan’s lawyer.” Nazan Özcan, who was the editor-in-chief of bianet at the time, was summoned to the İstanbul Security Directorate for the article in question. She testified on May 25 with bianet’s attorney Meriç Eyüboğlu, at the Security Branch of the Directorate.

“All the issues in the news article are reported as ‘claims’. Therefore, it does not have the nature of ‘insult-libel’ as the complainant claims, it is a journalistic activity,” stated Özcan, adding she does not accept the accusation against her (May 25).

An indictment was issued against bianet’s former Editor-in-Chief Nazan Özcan, who gave her statement as part of the investigation launched against her upon the criminal complaint of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s former lawyer Mustafa Doğan İnal. Indicating that the news report constituted the crime of “public insult and libel via the press”, the prosecutor’s office noted that the evidence was concrete and demanded that Nazan Özcan be penalized. Accepting the indictment, the İstanbul 34th Criminal Court of First Instance set the date of the first hearing as December 8, 2022 (August 10).