MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Mustafa Sönmez – trial for “insulting the President of the Republic”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Mustafa Sönmez
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
02/02/2023
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Economical
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

On the grounds of his tweets criticizing the government’s foreign exchange policies, journalist Mustafa Sönmez faced a lawsuit on charge of “insulting the President of the Republic” (as per the Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code / TCK). The first hearing will be held at the İstanbul Anadolu 38th Criminal Court of First Instance on February 2, 2023 (December 10).

At the hearing held on February 2, 2023, the court accepted the excuse offered by President Erdoğan’s lawyer and adjourned the hearing. The next hearing will be held on February 7 (February 2).