MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Lawsuit against Evrensel newspaper as per the Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Evrensel Daily
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2016
LAST UPDATED
28/06/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Print Media
Newspaper
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. 301

Over the news report titled “Police raked the people in Nusaybin, wounding 3” and published on Evrensel newspaper on March 13, 2016, a lawsuit was filed against the then managing editor Çağrı Sarı and former grant holder Arif Koşar on charge of “publicly degrading the security organization of the state” as per the Article 301/2 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).

While Sarı and Koşar, in their statements at court, said that the violations committed in Mardin’s Nusaybin during the 2-year period of curfew and operations following the end of the resolution process for the Kurdish question were also documented in UN reports, the two were sentenced to 5 years in prison each and the prison sentences were deferred. 

With the Court of Cassation overturning their conviction as the elements of the crime did not arise, the trial began again.

At the hearing of the retrial held on June 28, 2022, Devrim Avcı, the lawyer of Sarı and Koşar, was present in the courtroom. Seeing that the notification concerning the Court of Cassation’s overturning of the local court ruling had not been delivered to Arif Koşar’s address, the hearing was adjourned. The next hearing will be held on November 15 (June 28).