MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Mezopotamya Agency correspondent Ahmet Kanbal – Lawsuit for “Insult”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Ahmet Kanbal
CITY
Mardin
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2020
LAST UPDATED
25/06/2020
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. 125/1

A lawsuit has been filed against Mezopotamya Agency reporter Ahmet Kanbal for “insulting a public official due to his or her duty” on the grounds of his post on social media, after Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu announced that he had resigned from office on April 12, 2020. Kanbal has written that “When a ship is bound to sink, it is always the mice that leave it first… It is a universal saying… When the mice leave, the ship goes down…”  The lawsuit has been filed over this message.

The indictment has been accepted by the Mardin 1st Penal Court of First Instance (25 June).