MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
MA reporter Cemil Uğur – trial for “membership in a terrorist organization”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Cemil Uğur
CITY
Van
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2020
LAST UPDATED
16/02/2021
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
News Agency
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. 314/2

In the morning hours on October 6, 2020, the Van Bureau of Mezopotamya Agency (MA) and the houses of several journalists, including those of Jinnews reporters, were raided. MA reporters Adnan Bilen and Cemil Uğur, Jinnews reporter Şehriban Abi and Nazan Sala were taken into custody during the raids. The reason for their detention was reportedly covering the incident where Servet Turgut and Osman Şiban, who had been tortured and thrown from a helicopter by soldiers in Turkey’s eastern province of Van. The detained journalists were arrested (October 9).

Cemil Uğur, one of the arrested journalists, reported it with documents that villagers Turgut and Şiban, detained by soldiers who were carrying out an operation in the rural parts of Çatak district in Van, were thrown from the helicopter.

Zeynep Durgut was also detained over the same news on December 22; she was released.

Arrested journalists Adnan Bilen and Cemil Uğur from MA, Şehriban Abi from Jinnews and Nazan Sala as well as Zeynep Durgut were indicted. While the prosecutor charged the journalists arrested for 130 days with “membership in a terrorist organization,” it also brought the charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” against Nazan Sala.

The indictment was accepted by the Van 5th High Criminal Court (February 16).