Journalists Abdurrahman Gök, Lezgin Akdeniz, Cihan Ölmez, Esra Solin Dal and Semiha Alankuş and Mehmet Akdoğan who were taken into custody in house raids conducted as part of a Diyarbakır-based operation launched in eight provinces on October 9. They were released after giving their depositions at the courthouse (13 October 2018).
Taken into custody in Diyarbakır province on October 9, 2018, journalist Abdurrahman Gök has been indicted on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organization” and “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” following an investigation into his phone calls with his news sources, his social media posts and the news he reported.
The indictment has been accepted by the Diyarbakır 5th High Criminal Court and a lawsuit has been filed against the journalist. The first hearing will be held on February 23, 2021 (October 30).
At the hearing held on February 23, the court board ruled that the international travel ban on Gök should be lifted and the anonymous witness should be heard between the hearings. The next hearing will be held on June 3 (February 23).
At the hearing held on June 3, 2021, the file of the case was sent to the prosecutor’s office for the preparation of the opinion as to the accusations. The next hearing will be held on September 30 (June 3).
At the hearing held on September 30, 2021, Gök said in his defense that he was a journalist and he posted the social media messages cited as criminal evidence by the prosecutor’s office with the aim of reporting news. Gök demanded that the request of the prosecutor’s office for a criminal complaint be rejected. The court ruled that the social media messages cited in the criminal complaint should be examined between the hearings. The next hearing will be held on January 20 (September 30).
At the hearing held on January 20, 2022, the criminal complaint filed at the previous hearing was turned into a court case on charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” and merged with the current case. The court gave time to Gök and his lawyer to prepare their defense as to the indictment of the merged file. The next hearing will be held on March 31 (January 20).
At the hearing held on March 31, 2022, Gök requested time for the defense. The presiding judge said that they were preparing to give a judgment in this trial and demanded a statement as to the accusations. The court board gave time to journalist Gök and his lawyer so that they could prepare their defense statements as to the accusations. The next hearing will be held on June 30 (March 31).