MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Lawsuit against journalist Zübeyde Sarı
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Zübeyde Sarı
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
16/06/2022
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
Approval of the indictment and initiating the prosecution
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 216/1

A lawsuit was filed against journalist Zübeyde Sarı on charge of “inciting the public to hatred and hostility” over her social media posts. Within the scope of the lawsuit, it was demanded that Sarı be sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison on the offense charged.

The investigation against Sarı was launched following a tip-off by the Istanbul Security Directorate. However, it was stated in the indictment that the investigation was launched following an inquiry by the Anti-Cyber Crimes Department, which detected “posts that might constitute a crime”, during its ”virtual patrolling activities.” 

The indictment against Sarı was accepted by the Bakırköy 24th Criminal Court of First Instance. In the indictment, the messages posted on Sarı’s social media account were cited as the grounds for the offense charged. The first hearing will be held on  June 16, 2022 (June 9).

At the hearing held on June 16, the court decided to give time to the prosecutor’s office to prepare its opinion as to the accusations. The next hearing will be held on September 29 (June 16).