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sendika.org editor Ali Ergin Demirhan – trial for “insulting the President of the Republic”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Ali Ergin Demirhan
CITY
İstanbul
LAST UPDATED
19/11/2020
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. 299

A lawsuit was filed against Ali Ergin Demirhan, an editor of sendika.org news website, charging the journalist with “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” over eight news reports published on sendika.org. However, the charge brought against Demirhan has been reportedly changed as “insulting the President of the Republic.”

The first hearing of the trial was expected to be held at the İstanbul High Criminal Court on November 19, 2020.

However, as the court personnel were infected with COVID-19, the hearing has been adjourned until a later date (November 19).