MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Mehmet Emin Kurnaz – trial for “insult” and “insulting the President of the Republic”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Mehmet Emin Kurnaz
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
07/12/2021
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
Judicial Interference
Criminal Courts
Approval of the indictment and initiating the prosecution
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 299

BirGün newspaper’s political editor Mehmet Emin Kurnaz were put on trial on charges of “insulting a public official due to her/his duty” (Article 125 of the Turkish Penal Code / TCK) and “insulting the President of the Republic” (Article 299 of the TCK) on the grounds that he allegedly insulted MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli and President and AKP Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with the Sunday supplement titled “The Government of the Gangs” published on May 25, 2021.

At the second hearing of the case held on December 7, 2021, Kurnaz and his lawyer Tolgay Güvercin were present in the courtroom. The next hearing will be held on March 17, 2022 (December 7).