MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Metin Cihan – trial for “insult” upon Berat Albayrak’s criminal complaint
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Metin Cihan
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
18/10/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Social Media Account
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. 125/3

Upon the criminal complaint of Berat Albayrak, the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, journalist Metin Cihan was put on trial on charge of “insulting a public official due to their duty via an audio, written or visual message”. 

At the hearing held by the İstanbul 36th Criminal Court of First Instance, the judge indicated that the file of the lawsuit filed against Cihan over a tweet on October 7 had been merged with the current file. 

While Cihan’s lawyer was present in the courtroom at the hearing held on October 18, 2022, complainant Albayrak’s lawyer did not attend the hearing by offering an excuse. Not attending the hearing as he lived abroad and with his testimony not taken, Cihan faced a new warrant as part of the new trial while the previous one issued as part of the “Vibrating Ring Trial” was lifted. The next hearing will be held on January 31, 2023 (October 18).