MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Onur Öncü – trial for “insult”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Onur Öncü
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
09/09/2021
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Internet News Portal
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

Journalist Onur Öncü was indicted on the grounds that he allegedly committed the crime of “publicly insulting a public official due to his or her duty” as per the Article 125 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). His YouTube video “There is an Interior Minister who wants to be Süleyman the Scammer of the country” posted on Özgürüz channel on May 3, 2021 was cited as criminal evidence against the journalist. The related sentence used in the title was not uttered by Öncü, but by his guest. 

The trial will be held in simple procedure at the Küçükçekmece 22nd Criminal Court of First Instance. Öncü and his lawyers will submit their written statements of defense to the court within two weeks (September 9).