MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
The trial against Journalist Erk Acarer due to news on the death of a MİT member
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Erk Acarer
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2020
LAST UPDATED
24/06/2020
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Journalist
TYPE OF INTERFERENCE
Judicial Interference
Criminal Courts
Approval of the indictment and initiating the prosecution
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 329/1

OdaTv News Editor Barış Terkoğlu and journalist Hülya Kılınç, OdaTv editor-in-chief Barış Pehlivan Journalist Murat Ağırel from Yeniçağ Newspaper, Yeni Yaşam Newspaper editor-in-chief Ferhat Çelik, chief editor Aydın Keser was arrested due to news articles they published regarding the funeral of an intelligence (MİT) agent.

Journalists are indicted with allegedly disclosing confidential information and facing prison sentence from 7 to 18 years. the indictments was accepted by İstanbul 34th Heavy Penal Court on March 8.

Journalist Erk Acarer who has been abroad since 2017 is also indicted within the same trial. On May 1st, an arrest warrant was issued against Acarer.

At the first hearing of the trial on 24 June, Istanbul 34th High Criminal Court released Barış Terkoğlu Ferhat Çelik and Aydın Keser with the decision of judicial control. Court decided on the continuation of the detention of Barış Pehlivan, Hülya Kılınç and Murat Ağırel. Next hearing will be held on September 9.