MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
İsmail Arı – charge for “insulting a public official”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
İsmail Arı
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
06/01/2023
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 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. 125/3

Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank filed a criminal complaint against BirGün reporter İsmail Arı on the grounds of his news report “Varank’s cousin got the sea view estate!” dated November 18, 2022. Varank requested that the journalist be charged with “insulting a public official” as per the Article 125/3 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).

Arı was summoned to give his statement by the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office Press Crimes Investigation Bureau. In the criminal complaint, it was requested that Arı be put on trial for “insulting a public official” on the grounds of allegedly “insulting a public official and causing him to lose credibility in the eyes of the public” (December 16).

The İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance accepted the indictment lodged against Arı on charge of “insulting a public official” (as per the Article 125/3 of the TCK). The first hearing will be held on April 24, 2023 (January 6).