MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Mehmet Aslan – trial for “membership of a terrorist organization”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Mehmet Aslan
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
26/05/2021
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

The Antalya Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office completed the investigation against Mezopotamya Agency (MA) reporter Mehmet Aslan, who had been behind bars in Antalya Type L Closed Prison since January 9, 2021 due to his journalist,s activities. Charging him with “membership of a terrorist organization” and “making news that agitates/provokes masses”, the indictment of the prosecutor’s office was submitted to the Antalya 2nd High Criminal Court. The court gave a decision of non-jurisdiction, saying that the offense charged had been committed in İstanbul. Sent to İstanbul upon this decision, the indictment has been accepted by the İstanbul 24th High Criminal Court. The first hearing will be held on May 26, 2021 (April 15).

Arrested since January 9, Mezopotamya Agency (MA) reporter Mehmet Aslan had his first hearing at the İstanbul 24th High Criminal Court on May 26, 2021. He has been released at the first hearing. The next hearing will be held on October 14 (May 26).