MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Burak Ustaoğlu proved right
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Burak Ustaoğlu
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
10/06/2021
LEGAL REMEDIES CATEGORIES
Struggle Against Administrative Restrictions

Burak Ustaoğlu was right: The Ankara 14th Administrative Court overturned the reprimand given by TRT to Haber-Sen union’s Secretary General Burak Ustaoğlu, who had written for daily Evrensel about the TRT’s transformation in his news article titled “TRT will be the people’s television if the mechanisms not operated put into operation” on May 28, 2018. The ruling of the court read, “It has been concluded that the related action does not comply with the law, considering that the statements are within the frame of union freedom, which also covers the freedom of thought and opinion; that the executives of unions and confederations cannot be subjected to disciplinary investigation due to their statements within the scope of their union activities; and that there was no examination as to the press statement’s failure to reflect the facts even though it was indicated that no concrete information or documents were presented by the plaintiff regarding the statement.” In justifying the reprimand, the TRT had referred to “harming the prestige and reputation of TRT under the name of union activities” (June 9).