MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Mustafa Sönmez – Trial for “insulting the President of the Republic”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Mustafa Sönmez
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2023
LAST UPDATED
17/11/2023
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. 299

Journalist and economist Mustafa Sönmez will be tried for the fifth time for “insulting the President of the Republic” (TCK 299) due to his posts on his X account. Sönmez, who was acquitted from his fourth trial last February, will be tried on February 13, 2024 at Istanbul Anatolian 30th Criminal Court of First Instance for 4 years and 8 months in prison for criticizing the government. Announcing the case on his account, Sönmez said, “Let me write the dates of the tweets subject to the insult allegation so you can laugh; 2016, 2018, 2019. Years later, wow, you insulted me! What should I say?” (November 17).