MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Lawsuit against İzel Sezer
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
İzel Sezer
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
17/10/2023
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Internet News Portal
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

Mustafa Doğan İnal, the former lawyer of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, filed a lawsuit against İleri Haber news website’s Editor-in-Chief İzel Sezer and Managing Editor Batuhan Batun after the allegations of “corruption” made by Workers’ Party of Turkey (TİP) İstanbul MP Ahmet Şık against İnal on his social media account were covered by the website. The first hearing of the trial will be held at the İstanbul 35th Criminal Court of First Instance on December 27, 2022 at 10.35 am (July 8).

At the hearing held on December 27, 2022, the lawyers of journalists Sezer and Batan requested that the file of this case be merged with the file of the case filed against İzel Sezer and Doğan Ergün upon the criminal complaint of Mustafa Doğan İnal. The court ruled that a writ should be addressed to the İstanbul 33rd Criminal Court of First Instance, where the court case filed upon the criminal complaint of Mustafa Doğan İnal was heard, and it should be asked whether the case files could be merged or not. The next hearing will be held on April 11, 2023 (December 27).

17 October 2023

The third hearing of the case filed on charges of “insult” (TCK 125) and “slander” (TCK 267) was held on 17 October 2023 at the Istanbul 25th Criminal Court of First Instance. The court decided to bring journalist Sezer by force to get his defense statement. The case was postponed until March 5, 2024 (October 17).