MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Metin Cihan – trial over TÜGVA papers
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Metin Cihan
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
11/05/2022
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. 136

Having shared the Turkey Youth Association (TÜGVA) papers allegedly showing caderization within the state, journalist Metin Cihan was put on trial on charge of “obtaining or disseminating personal data unlawfully”. 

At the second hearing of the case held on April 15, 2022, the lawyers of the parties were present in the courtroom. Arrested for allegedly leaking the TÜGVA papers, former TÜGVA employee Ramazan Aydoğdu attended the hearing from the Üsküdar Paşa Kapısı Prison via the Audio and Visual Information System (SEGBİS). The judge read out the petition submitted to the court by TÜGVA and alleging that defendant Aydoğdu was not a TÜGVA employee, but working voluntarily. TÜGVA’s lawyer took the floor and said that their complaints were still in place and requested involvement in the trial. 

The court ruled that TÜGVA’s request be accepted, the warrant against Cihan remain in effect and an expert report be issued to find out whether there was any contact between the defendants in obtaining, manipulating, tempering with and sending the papers. The court also ruled that Aydoğdu’s arrest should continue. The next hearing will be held on May 11 (April 15). 

At the hearing held on May 11, the court decided to release the defendant R. A. and decided to wait for the execution of the arrest warrant issued for journalist Metin Cihan and the preparation of the expert report. The next hearing will be held on June 24 (May 11).