MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Journalist Ece Sevim Öztürk – The trial of “aiding a terrorist organization”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Ece Sevim Öztürk
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2018
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Internet News Portal
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Editor / Editor-In-Chief
RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Right to Impart Information and Ideas
TYPE OF INTERFERENCE
Judicial Interference
Criminal Courts
Sentence to imprisonment
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 220/7

On 11 December 2018, the Istanbul 37th High Criminal Court convicted Ece Sevim Öztürk, the editor-in-chief of the Çağdaş Ses website which provided news from CHP backstages, for aiding a terrorist organization (FETÖ) and sentenced her to 3 years and 1 month and 15 days of imprisonment. The journalist was released with the decision.

The journalist was taken into custody on June 5, upon the complaint filed by Turkish Naval Forces and was arrested on June 20, 2018 after 13 days of detention. She was kept in solitary confinement at Bakırköy Women Prison, due to “for security reasons”. Lately, Öztürk was reporting on the investigation regarding the July 15.