MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Sinan Aygül – trial for “insult”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Sinan Aygül
CITY
Bitlis
LAST UPDATED
10/11/2021
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
Imposing the fines
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 125/1

Over his article titled “Geo-Profiteering” (Jeo-Vurgun) published on www.bitlishaber.com news website on December 10, 2015, Bitlis Journalists’ Association Chair and Bitlis News Editor-in-Chief Sinan Aygül stood trial on charge of “insulting via the press” (as per the Article 125 of the Turkish Penal Code / TCK) and was sentenced to pay a judicial fine of 1,500 Turkish Lira (TRY) in damages, with the announcement of the verdict deferred. 

On the grounds that the sentence given to Aygül as part of another trial was upheld, the Tatvan 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance held a hearing on November 10, 2021 and ruled that the related judicial fine should be put into effect (November 10).