MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Journalist Ayser Çınar – trial for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Ayser Çınar
CITY
Ankara
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2018
LAST UPDATED
08/10/2020
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
Criminal Courts
Decision of acquittal
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Anti-Terror Law
Art. 7/2

A lawsuit was filed against Ayser Çınar in 2018, charging the journalist with “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” on the grounds that she had shared the news reported during the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TAF) “Operation Olive Branch” into Syria’s Afrin in January 2018. 

The first hearing of the lawsuit expected to be held at the Ankara 22nd High Criminal Court was adjourned as part of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) measures.

At the second hearing held on October 8, 2020, the court ruled that Çınar should be acquitted as the elements of the crime had not arisen (October 8).