MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Ruşen Takva – trial for “membership of a terrorist organization”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Ruşen Takva
CITY
Van
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
09/04/2021
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Other
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. 220/6

An investigation was launched against Ruşen Takva, a freelance journalist based in Van, on the grounds that he followed up a protest demonstration attempted to be held in the province. The investigation has been completed and Takva is now facing 9 years to 18 years in prison on charge of “being a member of an armed terrorist organization.”

The journalist will stand trial on charges of “being a member of an armed terrorist organization” and “not dispersing despite warning and use of force” as per the Law no. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations. Takve will have his first hearing at the Van 2nd High Criminal Court on June 10, 2021 (April 9).