MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Suit for damages against columnist Ceren Sözeri
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Ceren Sözeri
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2019
LAST UPDATED
05/10/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Print Media
Newspaper
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
Third-Party Interference
Filing a Compensation Lawsuit
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Civil Code
Art. 25

Representative of Turkuaz Media Group Serhat Albayrak has filed a lawsuit against academician and columnist Ceren Sözeri due to her article “Who caused the decrease on Justice and Development Party votes?” requesting 200 thousand TL for the damages.

The first hearing of the trial was planned to be held on March 4, however, since the presiding judge was on leave, the hearing was postponed.

The second hearing was held at the İstanbul 2nd Commercial Court of First Instance on October 7, 2020. The trial has been adjourned till February 3, 2021 on the grounds of deficiencies to be remedied (October 7).

At the hearing held on February 3, the court ruled that the heirs of Cemal Dursun, the late grant holder of Evrensel newspaper, should be registered in the file, they should be informed about the case by being notified through invitations containing the petitions of the parties and they should be granted the right of reply. The next hearing will be held on July 14 (February 3).

Scheduled for July 14, 2021, the hearing was adjourned until November 24 on the grounds that the judge was on leave (July 14).

Sözeri’s hearing has been adjourned until April 13, 2022 (November 29).

At the hearing held on April 13, 2022, the court ruled that a writ should be written to the law enforcement to inquire about the social and economic conditions of the defendants. The next hearing will be held on October 5 (April 13).

At the hearing held on October 5, 2022, the court adjourned the trial so that the deficiencies would be rectified. The next hearing will be held on March 1, 2023 (October 5).