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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
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2019
LAST UPDATED
06/11/2020
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Social Media Account
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Editor / Editor-In-Chief
RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Right to Impart Information and Ideas
TYPE OF INTERFERENCE
Judicial Interference
Criminal Courts
Sentence to imprisonment
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 299

An investigation was launched against Ali Ergin Demirhan, an editor for sendika.org news website, over his six tweets from the year 2018. While the journalist was charged with “insulting the President of the Republic”, the Ministry of Justice gave permission for prosecution on May 2, 2019.

With the bill of indictment accepted by the court, Demirhan had his second hearing at the İstanbul 22nd Criminal Court of First Instance on November 6, 2020. Charged with “insulting the President of the Republic”, Demirhan made explanations about each tweet of his in question, rejected the offense charged and requested his acquittal at the hearing.

Handing down its judgement, the court has ruled that Ali Ergin Demirhan shall be sentenced to 1 year, 2 months, 17 days in prison on charge of “insulting the President of the Republic”. The pronouncement of the judgement has been deferred (November 6).